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Rishi Sunak ‘considering further help on bills’ as cost of living fears grow

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is claimed to be contemplating a brand new tax rebate as half of further help for households after his spring assertion did not ease rising fears about living prices.

Mr Sunak is now “weighing up” a further rebate on council tax payments as half of a brand new multibillion-pound bundle after No 10 made clear its “panic” over the cost of living disaster, the Sunday Times reported.

“We’ve already looked at this and concluded that council tax is the best way to do it,” a Treasury supply advised the newspaper. “You’ve got an existing mechanism … It would make sense to do it like that again.”

The chancellor got here in for heavy criticism for his failure to offer any additional help on vitality payments and council tax, past the previously-announced £200 mortgage and a rebate of £150 to these living in properties in council tax bands A to D.

Boris Johnson and his workforce are stated to be “panicking” in regards to the influence of the rising meals and vitality payments forward of the May native elections.

Downing Street particular advisers have reportedly been proven non-public polling exhibiting that the cost of living is now the primary public concern for the British public, surpassing the NHS and healthcare.

Senior Tory MP Stephen Crabb stated the chancellor must do “more” to help within the spring and summer time – arguing it could not be “sustainable” to attend till the following price range in autumn.

The Resolution Foundation suppose tank has warned that round 1.3 million Britons might be pushed into poverty by the cost-of-living squeeze this year – together with some on “middle-incomes”.

Senior Tory backbencher Stephen Crabb stated the chancellor must do “more” to help within the spring and summer time – arguing it could not be “sustainable” to attend till the price range in autumn.

Food financial institution bosses have advised The Independent {that a} rising quantity of middle-class Britons are already coming to them in “desperate” want of help.

And there may be rising concern about current poverty in Britain changing into far more intense within the months forward.

Consumer professional Martin Lewis has stated some individuals may “starve or freeze”, whereas meals campaigner Jack Monroe additionally warned dire poverty may show “fatal” in some instances.

The former Assistant Chief to the Defence Staff has stated the federal government should put together the British public for a “long-term degradation” in living requirements.

General Jonathan Shaw advised LBC: “We need to be psychologically preparing our people for a long-term degradation of standard of living and a long-term confrontation with Russia.”

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