This week Gordon Brown launched a Big Issue-backed campaign calling on the government to take urgent action to prevent a “poverty time bomb”. But his demands for an emergency budget and for a Cobra meeting to be called were dismissed by Boris Johnson, whose spokesperson said the problems were “for a future prime minister”.
Referencing the snub during an interview on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, host Charlotte Hawkins said to Lewis: “The government seem to be adamant that nothing can happen until the new prime minster comes in, that decisions can’t be made until September 5.”
The Money Saving Expert wasn’t having it, and explained what can be done right now to support struggling households.
He replied: “What a load of bull. That’s complete bull. I won’t use the final word on the back of it. That is just simply not true.
“Let’s be very plain. In May when the government was facing political problems due to Boris Johnson, they were planning to make announcements on energy in July and August. That was brought forward in May and the mechanism for bringing it forward in May was they asked Ofgem to publish forward guidance on what the price cap would be and they were therefore able to crystallise what was happening and they made the announcements of the up to £1,200 available for the poorest homes.