THIS week, The Sun spoke to eight struggling families to hear what they wanted from Rishi Sunak’s mini-budget yesterday – and today we catch up with them to see if he delivered.
The Chancellor unveiled his spring statement as Britain grapples with sky-high energy bills and rising inflation.
He announced a mixed bag of handouts and tax injections.
The 1.25 percentage point increase in Social Security remained in place, but the threshold at which workers start paying will be raised from July.
And there was a 5p per liter fuel tax cut.
Here we see who benefits from it – and Our eight families tell Mike Ridley what it means to them.
NHS WORKERS +£322
As a doctor’s receptionist, Adrian Marriott makes £18,000 a year while wife Zoe makes £4,500 as a cleaner.
The couple, who live in South Normanton, Derbys, will get £360 a year if the Social Security threshold is raised to £12,570.
That more than offsets their additional NI payments of £67.87 per year.
You win too £30 a year for the fuel tax cut.
But Adrian, 33, said: “It won’t make a difference.
“I’m not even sure if it gets passed on to motorists.
“If you don’t put in hundreds of miles every week, it’s not going to do much good.
“The mini-budget hasn’t really changed anything, people will still struggle.
“I’m really disappointed not to see anything on energy prices.
“Raising the Social Security threshold will make little difference to those on the lowest wages.”
UNIVERSAL LOAN NO CHANGE
LOUISE MADDISON relies on universal credit of £4,000 a year and skips meals to make ends meet.
She volunteers with an art project to avoid heating her home in Darlington, Co. Durham after her bills hit £160 a month.
For Louise, 50, there was no help at all.
She says: “MPs had a £2,200 pay rise last week – that speaks volumes about who they care.
“They need to keep an eye on their Red Wall voters.
“I just had smart meters installed. I’ll watch every single cent from now on.
“I will heat with candles when I have reached my energy budget
“When my household budget is gone, it goes back to the boards.
“They are great, but they don’t provide healthy nutrition, they provide filling nutrition.
“It’s canned and processed foods, white pasta and white bread.”
widow + £43.75
RETIRED Caroline Duddridge, 62, has a civil service widow’s pension of £10,000 a year and a teacher’s pension of just £720.
When prices skyrocketed, she took a part-time job as a teaching assistant, earning £144 a week.
Caroline from Cardiff doesn’t earn enough to pay National Insurancee, but she gains £43 a year from the fuel tax cut.
She says: “I wasn’t expecting much from this budget, but at least I’m no worse off.
“If gas and electricity go up, I’ll be a lot poorer in the long run.
“I turned off the heating and now live under an electric blanket.
“My son comes over and says, ‘It’s freezing here,’ but that keeps the bills down.
“There are many people who are worse off than me.
“They will be hit the hardest in the coming year.”
GRANDMA Ronnie Moon is no longer making ends meet on her state pension of £179.60 a week.
The 69-year-old retired teaching assistant from Wandsworth, south London, is delighted The triple lock – which links pensions to inflation – will return from April 2023.
She said: “It’s good news for pensioners but we have to get through this year with the lower pension increase first.
“Energy bills and food costs are rising and these are desperate times.”
The fuel tax cut will save her £66 a year.
She said: “Saving £3 a tank is better than a slap in the face.
“I would hate to think that gas prices would go up so much that I wouldn’t be able to go to my ten grandchildren.”
EVENTS producer Roxy Ozalp has seen her income drop to £19,000 a year because of Covid.
She wanted the Chancellor to continue supporting the self-employed who are still struggling after the fight pandemic.
Roxy, 36, from Haringey, North London, is better off by £280 a year because of the Social Security changes.
She wanted more grants for the self-employed, but instead the chancellor helped small businesses that employed workers.
Roxy said: “The self-employed should not have been excluded just because they are currently unable to employ other people.”
She also believes that Rishi should have lowered the property tax from 20 percent to 19 percent now, rather than waiting until 2024.
Roxy said: “The stress from rising costs is immediate and now, not in two years.
“Giving away a small positive impact in two years is worse than not announcing anything.”
WORKING FAMILY +£441
Mum-of-three Jodi Westmacott earns £18,000 a year as a carer, while partner Claire Simmons, an IT worker, earns £37,000.
The couple from Newport, Gwent are saving £162.50 a year on fuel.
And they will each be £360 better off with the changes to the Social Security threshold.
But Claire, 37, will pay an extra £374 in NI contributions (losing £14) while Jodi only has to come up with an extra £67 a year.
Jodi, 30, said: “It’s better than I expected.
“The 441 pounds will make a difference. But it will depend on how much everything rises.
“The petroleum tax doesn’t make much of a difference.
“As prices go up, this discount will be gone in a few days.”
Claire said: “The increase in NI was announced a while ago so I was expecting that.
“Losing £14 a year isn’t much.
“It’s right that those of us with higher salaries are taking the brunt so that people on lower salaries can get a break.”
Single mother +£193.26
Single mum Laura Gregory earns £750 a month as a minimum wage dental assistant.
Laura, 34, from Gravesend, Kent, also receives a tax credit of £800 a month and £140 in child support for daughter Summer, 16, and son Rossy, nine.
She will have an additional £155.76 afterwards National Living Wage increased by 59p an hour to £9.50, plus it saves £37.50 a year in fuel.
Laura said: “It’s going to make a real difference but everything else is going up at the same time so we’ll just end up in the same boat.
“Sometimes it feels like we’re surviving, not living.
“I have a credit card ready as a backup.
“If Covid and the government hadn’t spent so much money to support us I would have wished for more.”
TWO EMPLOYEES +£186
TAKEAWAY Deli manager Jane Srachompu has to take a second job to combat rising costs.
Single Jane, 46, earns £26,500 but also plans to work two nights as a waitress.
Jane, from Merton, South London, gains £360 from the increase in the Social Security threshold but pays an additional £174 due to the 1.25 percentage point increase in contributions.
She said, “If Rishi Sunak really ‘got it’, he would have canceled the NI rate hike as well.”
Jane, who pays £550 rent and £140 bills a month for her shared flat, says the income tax cut should have come into effect from April this year, not two years from now.
She added: “The time when people need help is now.
“Money is a big weight in my mind.
“My gas bill just arrived – but I won’t open the envelope until I get paid.”
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