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Households face rising council taxes and utility bills thanks to Autumn Statement

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HOUSEHOLDERS face a double whammy of rising council taxes and £900 higher energy bills thanks to next spring’s autumn declaration.

But Rishi Sunak dropped his biggest clue but pensioners will be protected while the others feel the pressure.

Self-proclaimed ‘Scrooge’ Jeremy Hunt will give town halls more powers to levy local taxes to pay for welfare

Asked if he would increase pensions in line with inflation next year, the Prime Minister insisted he was “someone who understands the particular challenge faced by pensioners”, adding “they will always be at the forefront of my thoughts”.

However, self-proclaimed ‘Scrooge’ Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will give town halls more powers to levy local taxes to pay for welfare.

Currently, local leaders are only able to increase it by 2.99 percent plus a 1 percent levy on elderly care without a local referendum.

However, the threshold for such voting is set to be raised, meaning hikes will be harder to block.



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Meanwhile, Mr Hunt will call in time for £10billion-a-month support for universal energy bills – with only the least well-off lining up for hefty support.

Bills for the average home are to be capped at £3,000, £500 higher than now.

And Mr Hunt will hit back calls for a repeat of the £400 one-off payment made to households this year to keep bills down.

So all in all, many families will be £900 worse off on average – that’s £75 a month.

But PM was busy tonight stressing that fairness will be at the heart of the budget as he traveled to the G20 in Indonesia.

He said of his plans: “We will put fairness and compassion at the heart of all the decisions we make and I’m confident that people will see that next Thursday.”

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