Rishi Sunak plans heating bill discounts and tax cuts | News

Rishi Sunak is drawing up plans to increase the warm home discount by hundreds of pounds before cutting taxes to help with the cost-of-living crisis.

The chancellor will take a two-pronged approach: a package to help with energy bills in July followed by general tax cuts in the autumn.

From October the warm home discount will give three million of the poorest households in England and Wales £150 off their bills. Treasury officials have drawn up a range of options, including a one-off increase of £300, £500 or even £600 to help households to cope with soaring energy prices.

Inflation is expected to have risen by as much as 9.1 per cent in the year to April — a new record and a significant increase

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