Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition supporting former prime minister Gordon Brown’s call for an emergency budget to tackle the cost of living crisis.
On Monday, Mr Brown warned people would be short of food and would not be able to heat their homes in October if the government did not take urgent action.
He told Sky News he is witnessing poverty in his homeland in Fife “which I don’t expect to see again in my life” and considers the Conservative Party’s loss of tax revenue “stupid”, claiming to choose not included in the tax introduced when the Rishi Sunak chancellor reduced its value from £15 billion to £5 billion.
The former prime minister joined metro mayors, anti-poverty groups and faith leaders in demanding urgent government action on Universal credit and support for families.
The petition reads: “The government has mobilized Universal Credit during the pandemic – providing relief to millions – and with enough pressure, they can do it again.”
Mr Brown said: “People are being asked to bear an unbearable burden with unpaid bills at a time when so many are under pressure.”
Campaign group 38 Degrees said that within 24 hours of going live, tens of thousands of people signed the petition.
Ellie Gellard, chief strategy officer at 38 Degrees, said: “The stories we’re hearing from people across the country can all be traced to a novel by Charles Dickens: the kids going hungry, the kids going hungry, the kids going hungry, the kids going hungry. mothers are sick but have to work three jobs to make ends meet. , families face freezing in their own homes.
“Now, with news that energy bills could rise to £4,000 next year, the panic of millions is only going to get worse.
“All while our government is away from their summer break and the candidates vying to be our next Prime Minister are silent. For families on the brink, silence is on the line. That silence was deafening.
“In just a few hours, tens of thousands of members of the British public supported Gordon Brown’s call for an emergency budget – and a plan to eliminate crippling bills and support families, immediately. ie.”
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Future prime minister’s campaign spokesman Liz Truss said: “Rishi Sunak won’t know how people benefit from the tax cuts because he has never cut taxes in his life. People did not vote for the Conservative Party to be old… fashion Gordon Brown in the political style of envy.
“You can’t tax your way to growth, and Liz’s agenda is to build a high-wage, high-growth, low-tax economy to support people. Liz believes in keeping people safe. more money than their own, not Rishi’s socialist taxes and spending that will lead us to recession.”