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Chancellor urged to scrap VAT on heating bills to give Brits a warmer winter


THE Chancellor has been urged to give everyone a winter warmer in his Budget by scrapping VAT on domestic heating bills.

Millions are feeling the pinch as rising inflation and energy costs stretch the family finances.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves called on Rishi Sunak to scrap VAT on domestic heating bills

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Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves called on Rishi Sunak to scrap VAT on domestic heating billsCredit: Alamy

Labour last night challenged Rishi Sunak to remove the five per cent charge for six months from November 1 to help ease pressure on household budgets.

It would save the average consumer about £38. The estimated £1billion cost could be paid for using the extra VAT cash coming in as a result of rising prices.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said: “Right now, people are being hit by a cost-of loving crisis which has seen energy bills soar, food costs increase and the weekly budget stretched.

“Conservative complacency is making the crisis worse and storing up long-term problems, with working people paying the price.

“The Chancellor has choices to make. He can let online giants dodge tax, and ignore the cost-of-living crisis – or he can give working people a helping hand by providing an immediate cut to their energy bills”.

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