An 18-year-old on Rishi Sunak’s ‘kickstart’ scheme would have to work for more than a week to afford his costly techno mug.
The Chancellor posed for photos alongside a £180 bluetooth mug tonight, as he pretended to put the finishing touches on tomorrow’s ‘mini budget’.
In the speech, he’s expected to announce a ‘kickstart’ scheme to boost jobs for young people.
Under the scheme, employers offer a six-month work placement for young people – and the government pays 25 hours a week of the minimum wage for each one.
To make £180 on the scheme would take more than 7 days at the current minimum wage of £6.75 an hour.
And it would take even longer for under-18s, who earn just £4.55 an hour.
Lib Dem leadership candidate Layla Moran said: “At a time when millions are struggling to get by, the Chancellor is posing with a £180 coffee mug.
“It would take an 18 year old on the government’s new work placement scheme over a week to earn that much.
“This shows a staggering lack of self awareness.”
The drinking vessel pictured alongside Mr Sunak is a travel mug made by Ember, who say they make the world’s first temperature control mugs.
The flask allows the user to dial in a particular temperature for their beverage, which will be maintained using a heating element for up to three hours.
It’s controlled by bluetooth, comes with a “charging coaster”, and costs around £180.
It’s thought he was given the mug by his wife as a Christmas gift.
Mr Sunak’s predecessor, George Osborne drew criticism for his “posh choices” on the eve of a financial speech back in 2013.
Ahead of that year’s Comprehensive Spending Review, Osborne tweeted a picture of himself enjoying a fancy Byron Burger as he and aides worked on the speech.
The cheapest Byron Burger is £6.75, 1/26 of the cost of an Ember travel mug.