Brits may get MORE cash handouts in future, hints Liz Truss ally despite her ruling it out

File photo dated 12/06/22 of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis. Asked about Liz Truss abandoning plans to slash ¿8.8 billion from public sector pay outside London, Conservative former Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis, who is supporting the Foreign Secretary in the leadership contest, said: "Liz made it very clear yesterday this is not a policy that is being taken forward." Issue date: Wednesday August 3, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS Tories. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A TOP Liz Truss ally has hinted at future handouts for hard-up Brits, despite the leadership frontrunner ruling them out.

This morning, Brandon Lewis refused more than four times to confirm Ms Truss would not spend any more money helping families pay rocketing bills.

Brandon Lewis wouldn’t rule out further handouts to help with gas bills under a Liz Truss government

The former minister told BBC Radio 4: “She’s not ruling out doing more to help people.

“Her focus is around doing it in a way that puts more money in people’s pockets, creates a high-growth economy with high wages and higher numbers of people in work.”

Over the weekend Ms Truss told the Financial Times she would look at what more can be done to help struggling Brits with the cost-of-living crisis.

But the frontrunner was adamant help would come through slashing taxes rather than boosting benefits.

She said: “The way I would do things is in a Conservative way of lowering the tax burden, not giving out handouts.”

Rival Rishi Sunak hit back at the plan, branding it “starry-eyed boosterism”.

He argued that for working families, “tax cuts simply won’t touch the sides”.

Defending the ex-Chancellor, ally Oliver Dowden told Radio 4: “I do think we need to have some direct support and we need some clarity on that from the other side.”

With four weeks to go until the Tory leadership race ends, debate has honed in on how to get Britain through spiralling inflation.

Analysts predict average energy bills will hit £3,358 per year from October, a £1,387 rise on the yearly cost from April.

The Bank of England last week warned that Britain is on course to hit a recession in winter, which would last around 15 months.

Ms Truss pledged an emergency Budget in September to scrap the 1.25 per cent National Insurance rise.

She plans to suspend the green levy on energy bills and called for major reforms.

Mr Sunak argued scrapping the health and social care levy would only save someone on the Living Wage £59 a year, and a median earner £170.

The ex-Chancellor refused to rule out further handouts to help families through the crisis.

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