Cost of living –live: Sunak says Truss tax cut plans would leave ‘millions at risk of destitution’

Rishi Sunak has claimed Liz Truss’s tax cut plans without direct support would leave “millions of incredibly vulnerable people at the risk of real destitution”.

Answering questions at an event in Cheltenham organised by the Conservatives with party members, he said this would be a “moral failure”.

“(Liz) thinks her tax cut is going to help them which it is not, we are going to, as a Conservative government, leave millions of incredibly vulnerable people at the risk of real destitution,” he said.

“Now, I think that is a moral failure.”

Ms Truss hit back saying she is “low tax, pro growth, pro opportunity” and she wants to ensure the UK is open for business.

The two candidates were grilled on their economic policies as a new report from Cornwall Insight warned UK households could face paying higher energy prices for about a decade until more renewable electricity generation brings costs back to pre-2021 levels.

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