Annual MOT could be scrapped due to cost of living crisis | UK News


Annual MOT checks could be scrapped as part of government plans to ease the cost of living for households across the country, according to Sky News.

Tuesday, Boris Johnson held a cabinet meeting where he asked his leadership team to come up with “innovative” ideas to help ease pressure on household finances that don’t require government spending.

Sky News understands that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has raised the idea of ​​moving from annual vehicle checks to one every two years.

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The proposed change could save motorists up to £55 a year.

But it is understood that not all cabinet ministers present at the meeting backed the idea, with at least one opposing it on the grounds that inefficient cars use more fuel.

Some industry experts, including car body AA, have also warned that such a move could lead to higher repair bills for drivers who don’t spot problems early enough.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to be the minister who floated the idea of ​​scrapping annual MOTs

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Millions of people in Britain are facing rising energy bills, council tax and the effects of a National Insurance tax hike – along with inflation reaching a peak of 30 years of 7% at the beginning of the month.

After the Prime Minister’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Number 10 announced that Mr Johnson would chair a committee in a bid to tackle the cost of living crisis “in the next weeks”.

The composition of the Domestic and Economic Strategy Committee, which is not new, includes the Prime Minister, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Minister Steve Barclay.

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The Prime Minister’s official spokesman confirmed that ministers had discussed “a number of ideas” to ease the pressure on household finances, which “will feed into a more formal process”.

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The government will have “more to say” on childcare

A future childcare announcement aimed at easing the financial burden faced by many families was also mentioned by Number 10.

Asked about childcare measures, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman added: ‘I think all I can say is that this is an area where the government recognizes there is more to do.

“There is live political work going on and I’m sure we will have more to say in the future.”

One possible decision could be to increase the number of people a childminder can care for at a time to reduce costs for parents and carers.

Currently childminders can look after a maximum of six people under the age of eight at a time.

Speaking on Wednesday, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News ‘there are a whole range of things’ ministers are considering to ease the financial burden the rising cost of living is making weigh on households.

“We will continue unflinchingly to look at what more we can do – and the reason for that is because we understand the pressure families are facing across the country,” he said.

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“No miracle solution” to solve the cost of living crisis

On Tuesday morning, Armed Forces Minister James Heappey told Sky News there was “no doubt” any Government intervention would be “expensive”, but added that “cumulatively” a range of measures could “start to make the difference”.

He also warned that there was “no quick fix” to solving the cost of living crisis.

MeanwhileWork reiterated its call for an “emergency budget” to deal with the rising costs facing households.

Speaking to broadcasters on Tuesday, Sir Keir Starmer said he should include a windfall tax on oil and gas companies to help reduce energy bills “at least”.

The Labor leader added he would like to see ‘rate relief for businesses’ and the money fraudulently claimed through coronavirus business support schemes ‘clawed back’.

“The argument the government is trying to make that we can’t do anything is absolute nonsense,” he added.

According to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics this week, almost nine out of 10 adults say they have seen their cost of living increase – compared to 62% in November last year.

On Monday, supermarket groups Asda and Morrisons announced efforts to help struggling buyers during the cost of living crisis.

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