Autumn Statement: Hunt devolves but councils face new costs

By Paul Marinko | 22 November 2023

The chancellor has unfrozen housing benefits and announced positive devolution news in his Autumn Statement, but signaled tighter public spending despite raising the National Living Wage.

Jeremy Hunt used his set piece financial speech to confirm the uprating of the Local Housing Allowance rate ‘to the 30th percentile of local market rents’, giving ‘1.6m households an average of £800 of support next year’

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