Annual maintenance may be canceled to slow down cost-of-living crisis

The requirement for motorists to get their vehicles checked annually could be lifted under plans to ease the cost of living crisis after Boris Johnson instructed ministers to propose a policy that would not cost the Treasury any money.

The prime minister used Tuesday’s cabinet meeting to brainstorm ideas with his ministers, hammering out a host of proposals that will now be considered by the cost of living committee he will chair.

Grant Shapps, Minister of Transportation, has proposed extending the validity of MOT certificates, which are currently valid for 12 months.

If the policy becomes law, it could save motorists £54.85 a year, the official maximum cost for the test, although testing centers can set their own prices. Maintenance is required annually for most vehicles older than three years.

One source who was present at the cabinet meeting told The Olx Praca: “If we move from an annual review to a review every two years, that would halve the cost of an MOT renewal. It’s a bread-and-butter policy that shows the conservatives are on your side.”

The changes are designed to reduce the cost of childcare

Other ideas proposed include increasing the number of children each nanny can look after at the same time, which ministers say will reduce the cost of childcare.

The cost of childcare in the UK has risen sharply over the past decade, with the cost of caring for a child under two years old rising by a third to £137.69, according to the Family and Childcare Trust.

The policy was previously proposed by the Department of Education, and proponents point out that UK childcare rates are among the highest in the world, while UK childcare is among the most expensive in the OECD.

Babysitters in the UK can only take care of six children under the age of eight at a time, while pre-school educators can take care of three children under the age of two or up to 13 children over the age of three.

Ministers are also considering lowering tariffs on imported food items that cannot be produced in the UK, such as rice, although the Treasury could block the policy as it would cut customs revenue.

Cabinet committee to explore options

The policies will now be reviewed by the Cabinet’s Cost of Living Committee, chaired by Mr. Johnson, which will examine their feasibility and whether they can be implemented at no cost to taxpayers.

Additional measures that will hit departmental budgets are expected later this year but will likely be announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his fall budget.

Treasury sources have already indicated that additional cost-of-living assistance will be announced, coinciding with an expected increase in Ofgem’s energy cap, which is being reviewed again later this year.

Changes could worsen drivers’ costs

The AA on Tuesday criticized a proposal that vehicle inspections could only be required every two years because they could increase repair bills for motorists who don’t detect problems with their cars early enough.

A spokesman for the group said: “Although well-intentioned, the £55 deferral of annual maintenance costs every two years could hurt costs for drivers with higher repair bills, make our roads more dangerous and cut jobs in the garage industry. risk.

“Only recently has the government moved away from switching to MOT every two years for road safety reasons, while the AA poll shows overwhelming support from drivers who like the safety that the annual health check provides.

“Now maintenance also reveals serious and dangerous defects, showing how important it is to keep cars in a safe condition.”

Mr Johnson said at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that “more needs to be done, including in areas like childcare, to further ease the pressure on those who need it most and attract even more people to highly skilled and well-paid jobs.

Mr. Johnson is not interested in whether the government will change child care rules, but he said schools should take advantage of the existing tutoring scheme.

“It’s a fantastic thing,” he said. “We have provided millions and millions of learning opportunities that we want to provide over the next few years. But so far, only 60 percent of schools have taken advantage of the tutoring offer.”

Sunak is said to have warned against increasing government spending, emphasizing “the importance of not allowing inflation to rise further”.