Chief Secretary to the Treasury on the Triple Lock

Simon Clarke on how the government is going to help pensioners with inflation

“Next year, the Triple Lock will apply for the State Pension. Subject to the Secretary of State’s review, pensions and other benefits will be uprated by this September’s CPI which, on current forecasts, is likely to be significantly higher than the forecast inflation rate for 2023/24.”

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Rishi’s Treasury Deputy: PM’s Brexit/Ukraine Remark was a “Perfectly Fair Point”
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Treasury Minister: The Last Days of Rome Were More Fun

Chief Treasury Secretary Simon Clarke last night joked that “The last days of Rome, I think, were more fun” when pressed about the night of the long knives in Downing Street.

As the PM wakes up this morning to find four of his most senior advisors no longer coming into work, he also sees a rift in the Treasury, as Clarke publicly disagreed with Rishi Sunak over the Chancellor’s snub to the PM at last night’s press conference: “I wouldn’t have said it”.

Clarke told Channel 4 that Boris was “very clear about what he was saying about Keir Starmer in this regard… The Prime Minister was perfectly within his rights to point out that taking wider responsibility as the leader of an organisation is an appropriate thing to do.”

It’s not the first time there’s been a disagreement between Clarke and Sunak. Back in December it was reported Simon Clarke was among those ministers favouring more restrictions over Christmas, whereas Sunak was fighting against them in Cabinet. The last days of Rome were probably more unified than this…

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Chief Treasury Secretary Reveals Reason for Ducking Traditional No. 11 Photoshoot

Among Britain’s historic Budget traditions – including allowing the Chancellor to get boozed up in the Commons – the usual No. 11 photoshoot will be rather different this year. Newly-appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke has revealed he’ll be a notable absentee from the Downing Street snaps this year after announcing he suffers from agoraphobia, “which prevents me being comfortable in some open spaces.”

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While sympathetic, Rishi will no doubt be relieved, given 6’7 Clarke dwarves the 5’6 Chancellor – often leading to hilarious photos…

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Weekly Deaths Consistently Below The Five Year Average

New figures from the ONS this morning reveal that the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 26 June was 360 fewer than the previous week. Significantly it’s also 314 fewer than the five-year average number of deaths for this week of the year…

Fewer people dying than normal may indicate that Covid merely accelerated deaths that would have taken place later in the year. If this is sustained the year’s ‘excess death’ total will decline from the number it has reached already. Good news.

Local Government Minister Simon Clarke confirmed yesterday that even the Black Lives Matter mass gatherings did  not result in an increase in overall new cases or the number of fatalities, telling TalkRADIO’s Dan Wooton that “these gatherings happened and there hasn’t been a major resultant spike detectable in the figures.” Perhaps everyone can calm down about the revellers in SoHo on Saturday now…

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Britain’s Greenest MPs

Congratulations to Alex Sobel, who won The Climate Coalition’s Green Heart Award for Greenest MP last night. Sobel’s reign doesn’t get off to a great start when his register of interest shows he took £9,700 from big pro-fracking union GMB during the election…

Not that the Leeds North West MP inherits the title from a saint. Minister Simon Clarke won the Climate Coalition’s 2019 award, and one month later took a £4,300 private helicopter flight from London to Teesside for a dinner to raise funds for the 2020 Tees Valley mayoral campaign. Google informs Guido helicopters use three times as much fuel as driving…

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