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Three quarters of the country hold little hope for the autumn statement

Nearly three quarters of people (73%) aren’t expecting tomorrow’s autumn statement to contain policies that will improve their household finances, according to a new poll.

The survey, carried out for the campaigning group 38 Degrees, also revealed this figure isn’t much lower – at 72% - among those who voted Conservative in 2019.

Government not doing enough

Of those questioned, 66% don’t think the government is doing enough to help those struggling the most with the cost-of-living crisis.

In fact, only 28% think the government is sufficiently focused on sorting out the problem of soaring prices.

The poll also found 70% of people don’t think those in power are doing enough to prevent homelessness.

This comes after the ex-home secretary, Suella Braverman, described rough sleeping as a “lifestyle choice”.

Badly run

The same number of respondents – 70% - also said the government is badly run. Again, there wasn’t much difference in the number of Conservative voters expressing this opinion – with the figure only slightly lower at 63%.

Expectations for the autumn statement

Reports over the weekend have suggested the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, may use his autumn statement to reduce taxes and introduce a real-terms pay cut to benefits.

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Rebecca Routledge

A qualified journalist for over 15 years with a background in financial services. Rebecca is Money Wellness’s consumer champion, helping you improve your financial wellbeing by providing information on everything from income maximisation to budgeting and saving tips.

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