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Chancellor has 'done the right thing, but this can't be a one off' says Trussell Trust

by Alex Collett

The Chancellor is being warned he's likely to face more calls for help with energy bills next year - despite his multi-billion pound support package.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies says, if oil and gas process don't fall, calls for help are likely to continue for at least another year.

Yesterday Rishi Sunak announced that every UK household will get £400 this October, to help with energy bills - and there'll be extra support for the poorest households and disabled people. 

Thomas Weekes is Senior Research Manager at the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of foodbanks across the country. He believes there is still more that needs to be done to help struggling families.

Weekes told Premier Christian News: "We warmly welcome the Chancellor's announcements.

"Yesterday, it was really clear to us that you had to act to stop the accelerating crisis we've been seeing across our network over the last kind of six months, that 8 million households are means tested benefits will get 650 pounds extra this year is exactly the right priority. 

"The key thing is he's used our social security system to support people on the very lowest incomes, who are desperately struggling to make ends meet at the moment. 

"These increases can mean the difference between skipping meals and being able to put food on the table. 

"So we warmly welcome them, we think he's done the right thing."

Weekes says the organisation knows many more families would have been forced to use a food bank without this additional support.

He continued: "To actually end the need for food banks, which is what we're calling for. "This can't be a one off, the chancellor speech was encouraging. 

"What we need to do now, is we need to actually build on this investment in a social security system, to ensure that it does actually provide this minimum level of income that allows everyone to afford the essentials, can't be a one off, we can't just hold people up during a crisis, we need a long term plan to support people."

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