Johnson: We can't help everyone over cost of living

STORY: Surging prices are contributing to the biggest squeeze on household incomes since at least the 1950s, putting pressure on the government to come up with support for the poorest, particularly those who cannot afford soaring energy bills.

In an interview with Good Morning Britain at Downing Street, Johnson acknowledged that the government could not provide enough support to offset the higher costs immediately, but said it was working to deal with prices over the medium and long term.

Asked why welfare benefits would not rise in line with inflation, Johnson said the government had to be wary of driving up inflation even further. It hit a 30-year-high of 7% in March.

He also said that a windfall tax on energy companies would hamper investment and keep oil prices higher over the long term.

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