Minister shamed over cost of living crisis at Question Time

An economist who shared the panel with Suella Braverman received applause for her scathing assessment.

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Question TimeSuella Braverman was lashed out at Thursday's Question Time over the cost-of-living crisis (Photo: BBC Question Time) causing toe-hooking. Suella Braverman detailed how Downing Street has taken 30 years of high inflation rates into account in its efforts to ease the crisis when she claimed some families will be "1,600 better off this year than last year because of these cumulative changes". The audience laughed at her claim, while Braverman said, "Would I like to do more? Miatta Fahnbulleh, chief executive of the New Economics Foundation, then chimed in, pointing out that families are still £1,100 worse off on average, even when government measures are factored in. The crowd began clapping in support as Fahnbulleh continued: "It doesn't feel like the government has grasped the scale of the challenge because if you had you would have acted already. "You're talking about the lowest-income families - the Chancellor took £1,000 from those families last year and then in the spring declaration that we just had there was literally not a single measure that would support families on the lowest incomes in this country. "And there are things you could do to act but you choose not to," the economist said, while the attorney general just shook her head. Fahnbulleh pointed out that over the next three years the government could apply a windfall tax along with a major modernization of homes to improve insulation. The economist called for a £15bn package to also increase benefits to help families "who are at the sharp end of this crisis that the Chancellor is languishing". Fahnbulleh continued speaking to Braverman - who refused to look her in the eye - as she said: "People go well beyond the choice of whether to heat their home or feed their children. "The fact that you're not acting I think is unforgivable." The government has introduced a range of small measures to deal with the cost-of-living crisis, including a £200 energy rebate, the cut and freeze of fuel taxes and the Budget Support Fund - but critics always believe nor that these proposals do not go far enough. The entire Attorney General's Question Time went down like a lead balloon, even as the conversation moved away from the cost-of-living crisis.

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