Crisis responds to Chancellor's plan to address the cost of living crisis

Matt Downie, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: "Following today’s announcement by the Chancellor households will be breathing a collective sigh of relief. We know from our frontline services just how desperate things had become, with people unable to keep up with rising rents and spiralling energy and food costs. This targeted support for those on the lowest incomes couldn’t have been more needed and, alongside the commitment to increase benefits in line with inflation next year, will help people to keep a roof over their heads as we weather this cost-of-living crisis.

"While the Chancellor outlined that today’s intervention was ‘timely, temporary and targeted’, there is also a pressing need for the Government to think long-term. We need a clear plan to deliver the genuinely affordable homes that are so desperately needed so that people are protected from any sudden economic shocks in the future. Never again should people be forced to endure the hardship and pain of recent months before Government takes action."