UK government must help poor now, says senior Conservative lawmaker

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Conservative government needs to take measures now to help those most effected by a worsening cost-of-living crunch, former party leader and senior lawmaker Iain Duncan Smith said on Saturday. British inflation surged last month to its highest annual rate since 1982, with consumer price inflation hitting 9% in April, putting finance minister Rishi Sunak under pressure to do more to help those struggling to pay rising food, fuel and energy bills. Duncan Smith, also a former work and pensions minister, told BBC radio “Universal Credit” welfare payments should be imme…

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