‘Tory budgeting advice’ was trending on social media yesterday after a minister told hardened Britons to consider taking longer hours at work or moving to a better paying job.
Rachel Maclean said Sky News“I think what we need to focus on now is the long term.
“We are under these short-term pressures that we are all aware of.
“But in the long term, we need to have a plan to grow the economy and make sure people are able to better protect themselves, whether that’s by taking more hours or getting better paying jobs.
“These are long-term actions, but that is what we are focused on as a government.”
Timid as the comments may seem, it appears Maclean was outdone after Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price suggested people could ‘indulge grandma’s annexes’ to save money.
Speaking during the Queen’s Speech debate on making Britain the best place to grow up and grow old, the former minister said the government should ‘encourage people to make better use of their housing wealth for their whole family.
She told MPs: ‘We can encourage grandma’s annexes, we can make sure young people have some hope by having better access to the wealth of their parents’ home.
“And I’m telling you, if we can do that, we’re actually going to save money in the health service because unnecessary hospital stays cost a lot more than fixing the little issue of inheritance tax, which could unlock some investments.”
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