Rishi Sunak to ‘crack down on airlines’ add on charges’ in latest Brexit win

Airlines will be stopped from hitting passengers with add on charges under new legislation set to be announced in the King’s Speech.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will reportedly use historic occasion on Tuesday (November 7) to announce measures to tackle so-called drip-pricing.

This is where airlines advertise one price before adding extra charges for luggage, choosing seats and printing boarding passes.

The proposals are said to have been devised in Downing Street as part of Government efforts to tackle the cost-of-living.

They are also considered a post-Brexit benefit, according to the Daily Mail.

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A source told the publication the fees themselves would not be banned, but they couldn’t be “dripped” in as you purchase your flights to avoid people ending up paying more than they had planned.

A Westminster insider added: “We know people are fed up with finding hidden extra costs in their online shopping baskets.

“That’s why this Government is seizing the benefits of our Brexit freedoms by looking at new legal measures to keep more cash in people’s pockets and restoring honesty to retail pricing.”

The Government clamp down on hidden fees was announced earlier this year in a bid to ensure hard-working Brits get the clearest information up front and keep more of their hard-earned cash.

Which? Director of Policy and Advocacy Rocio Concha said: “Customers need clear pricing upfront when considering a product or service and should not find themselves having to pay for charges hidden until the checkout like mandatory booking fees.”

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Mr Sunak has said “short-term gimmicks” will not feature in the King’s Speech as he focuses on efforts to “strengthen society”.

The PM, emphasising the Conservative Party conference slogan of taking “long-term decisions”, said the next session of Parliament will take action to stimulate the economy and “help people feel safer in their own communities”.

King Charles will give the first King’s Speech in seven decades to mark the start of the next session of Parliament on Tuesday.

Although the monarch delivered the speech at the last state opening of Parliament in May 2022, he was doing so in place of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The King’s Speech will set out the legislative programme for the next session of Parliament, but it will also give an indication of Mr Sunak’s priorities ahead of the General Election.

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Mr Sunak said: “This will be the first King’s Speech in 70 years and the legislation we will bring forward is part of our plan to build a better future for the next 70.

“Just as I have done with energy security, net zero, illegal migration and HS2, the King’s Speech will take the long-term decisions to address the challenges this country faces, not the easy way out with short-term gimmicks.

“As we take the necessary steps to halve inflation and reduce debt, we will legislate to grow the economy, by supporting innovative businesses and protecting consumers.

“To make the real change this country needs, we will bring forward bills that strengthen our society, help people feel safer in their own communities and give a sense of pride in the place they call home.”

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