Sunak considering £600 payment to help poorer families heat homes

Chancellor under pressure to act on cost of living crisis

<p>Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak</p><p>(Aaron Chown/PA)</p>

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

(Aaron Chown/PA)

Three million less well-off households could be given a payment of up to £600 to help them with fuel bills, under plans being considered by chancellor Rishi Sunak.

It is understood that a one-off increase in the Warm Homes Discount – currently worth £150 a year – is one option being looked at by the chancellor, who is coming under growing pressure to deliver a package of help for the cost-of-living crisis.

A Treasury source this morning said that no plans had so far been finalised and Mr Sunak continues to consider “a wide range” of possible policy responses.

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