‘If only it were that simple’: Andy Burnham hits out after minister claims struggling people should get better jobs

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has slammed a government minister who suggested people struggling to cope with the cost of living crisis work longer hours or get better paying jobs. Andy Burnham said ministers “have no idea” about the crisis affecting millions of Britons.

Home Secretary Rachel Maclean told SkyNews this morning: ‘I think what we need to focus on now is the long term, we have these short term pressures on us that we are But, in the long run, we need to have a plan to grow the economy and make sure people are able to protect themselves better, whether that’s by taking more hours or getting a job. better paying job.

Asked why some people are working three jobs and still need food bank support, Ms Maclean added that she was not “suggesting for a moment” that such an option would work for everyone. She continued: “It may work for some people, they may be able to access overtime, but of course it will not work for people who are already working three jobs.

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“That’s why we need other measures, like all the help we put in schools, help with local authorities… and that’s where we’re going to target the help where it’s needed. is most needed.”

It comes after Tory backbench MP Lee Anderson sparked controversy by saying people who use food banks ‘can’t cook properly’ and ‘can’t budget’. This is despite continuing to skyrocket energy bills and rising food costs.

Rachel Maclean suggested that people
Rachel Maclean has suggested people ‘shift into better paying jobs’ to tackle the cost of living crisis

Responding to Ms Maclean’s comments, Labor Mayor of Greater Manchester Mr Burnham said: ‘If only it were that simple. He added: ‘Ministers demonstrate daily that they have no idea how to handle the cost of living crisis.

Mr Burnham was joined by many GM politicians in condemning the minister’s suggestion. Labor deputy leader and Ashton-under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner said: ‘Could the Tories be more out of touch if they tried?’

Shadow Minister and MP for Stalybridge and Hyde Jonathan Reynolds added: “Disconnected and out of ideas. Never has an 80-seat majority been so wasted by a government.”

“After Rachael Maclean’s car crash interview this morning, I really don’t think any Tory MPs realize that in the ‘real world’ second and third jobs are needed to supplement the mediocre salary of the first job,” said Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish. Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West and Royton, added: ‘Completely out of touch.

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