THE Government is focusing on how it can ‘help people in every way it can’, according to Andover’s MP.

Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire, advised families in Andover to make sure they are claiming all the help they are eligible for amidst the growing cost-of-living concerns.

With the price of food, fuel, and bills rising, and inflation hitting a 40-year high, the Government is being urged to do more to help those who are struggling.

Mr Malthouse said: “It’s an extremely tough time for many families in Andover and across the world as we struggle with a global cost of living crisis.

“Our focus in government is to help people in every way we can; whether that’s through committing billions in extra funding for vulnerable people through local authorities, council tax rebates, cutting fuel and even alcohol duty, or increasing the national living wage. And whilst we have introduced a national insurance levy to fund social care and our NHS, we are exempting lower earners.

“We are throwing everything at growing our economy and creating jobs, and there will be more measures on their way help with the cost of living.

“Please make sure you are claiming all the help that you may be eligible for, such as the warm homes discount, winter fuel payments and free childcare — and remember, my team is here if you need help or advice.”

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Mr Malthouse’s messages comes as the Chancellor Rishi Sunak was expected to cave in to pressure to impose a windfall tax on the soaring profits of oil and gas firms to fund a relief package for households struggling with rising bills.

Mr Sunak is expected to tell MPs he will scrap a requirement to repay the previously announced £200 discount on energy bills, and could increase the level of the grant.

Other measures which could form part of a package worth around £10 billion are expected to be targeted at the poorest households.

An announcement was not made before the Advertiser went to print.

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