Starmer says the chancellor’s “boast” about bringing down inflation is “ridiculous”.
People see their tax burden at the highest level for 70 years, he says.
He adds that it is the sacrifice of working people who are earning less and enjoying life less that is helping to bring inflation down.
Turning to Hunt’s childcare policy changes, he says “of course more money in the system is obviously a good thing”.
This gets cheers and chants from the Tory benches, to which Starmer quips: “They obviously didn’t listen to when he said he’s actually going to do it.”
“They won’t be here,” a Labour MP shouts from behind, presumably referring to the next general election, due in 2025.
Starmer adds that it’s no using having more hours of free childcare “if you can’t access them” – and says this pushes the cost to parents “outside the offer”.