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Charities say spring statement was 'bitterly disappointing'

Charities have said that plans outlined by the government yesterday do not go far enough to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, with one charity calling it “bitterly disappointing”. Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the exchequer, delivered a spring statement to parliament yesterday.

The chancellor announced that fuel duty would be cut by 5p until March next year, VAT is set to be scrapped on green home measures like solar panels, and that the the Household Support Fund will be doubled. Sunak also rose the National Insurance threshold so no workers earning below £12,750 will pay the tax, saving them £330 a year.

This has disappointed some aid charities that were calling on the government to increase the international aid budget back to 0.7% of the UK's Gross National Income (GNI) after it was cut to 0.5% two years ago.

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