MILLIONS of hard-up Brits are set to receive £650 under plans being drawn up by Jeremy Hunt.
The Chancellor is expected to announce another round of cost of living payments at Thursday’s Autumn Statement.Jeremy Hunt is drawing up plans for a new £650 cost of living payment for Brits on benefits[/caption]
The payment will specifically go to benefit claimants.
Meanwhile, poor pensioners are likely to get £300 and there will be another £150 disability payment.
A Government source said: “Rishi Sunak saw his cost of living plan work last time and so is sticking with it again”.
During the budget the Chancellor is also set to raise the National Living Wage to £10.40 as well as hiking pensions and benefits by 10.1 per cent with inflation.
But he will offset the handouts with sweeping spending cuts and tax rises to repair a £60billion black hole in the nation’s finances.
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Mr Hunt is also expected to reduce the Energy Price Guarantee so the average family pays around £3,000 for bills – above the current £2,500 but less than Ofgem’s £4,000.
There will not be another £400 blanket payment for all Brits but the targeted support to the poorest will be rolled out again.
Last time the £650 payment was doled out in two separate instalments as part of people’s benefits.
Mr Sunak has vowed to be “compassionate” in the Autumn Statement but acknowledged “tough” decisions will be made.
Stealth taxes will happen via freezes to income, VAT and inheritance thresholds to generate more cash for the Treasury.
Pay demands from unions are also being rebuffed, such as nurses’ plea for an eye-watering 17.5 per cent salary hike.
Mr Sunak today also said the private sector should also not be given generous pay hikes so inflation does not spike further.
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Speaking at the G20 summit in Bali, the PM told ITV: “Of course I would say to executives to embrace pay restraint at a time like this and make sure they are also looking after all their workers. I’d say that all the time.
“Of course in a situation like this I’m sure executives of most companies will be thinking about pay settlements for senior management, for their workers and making sure they are fair… I don’t want to see a wage price spiral. It’s not about me.”