Rishi Sunak grilled over 'wishy-washy' plans by reporter
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been grilled by BBC’s Nina Warhurst over the Government’s long-term Coronavirus recovery plans. The BBC Breakfast presenter branded the proposal as “wishi washy” and demanded more clarity about the Chancellor’s intended strategy to help the UK recover. The grilling came as the £20 uplift to Universal Credit will come to an end this week.
On BBC Breakfast, Nina Warhurst said: “Looking at the plan that you’re going to announce today offering careers advice to people, you’re committing to opportunity- Chancellor, it sounds very wishy-washy.
“It doesn’t sound like it’s actually creating jobs, and at the moment that’s the very least people would expected you to commit to opportunities.”
Rishi Sunak answered: “I could just answer the question. I don’t know what’s wishy-washy about an unemployment rate that is lower than 5 percent, falling for six months, and lower than America, Canada, France, Italy, and Spain in the face of people telling us that the unemployment rate was going to reach 12 percent.
“There’s absolutely nothing wishy-washy about that.”
“That is a plan that has delivered for people.”
He went on: “The kickstart scheme is at the heart of that.
“70,000 young people are having their lives transformed as a result of that scheme.
Ms Warhurst chipped in: “It is not delivering. The target was 250,000.”
Mr Sunak said in response: “The target was set at a time when we thought unemployment was going to reach 12%
“So, thankfully, because unemployment is nowhere near as bad as we feared, it obviously is not going to fulfil the same number of vacancies.
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