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Every house in UK to receive £400 grant to help with rising energy bills

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A grant of £400 will help struggling households cope with the energy bills crisis.

Previously, a £200 loan in place for UK families was expected to be paid back.

Rishi Sunak announced today this would no longer be the case, and increased its sum to £400.

All households with a domestic electricity connection will be automatically eligible for the grant.

Mr Sunak said: ‘The outlook for energy prices has changed. I’ve decided those repayments will be cancelled. So, for the avoidance of doubt, this support is now unambiguously a grant.

‘Furthermore, we have decided that the £200 of support for household energy bills will be doubled to £400 for everyone.’

He told the Commons: ‘We are on the side of hard working families with £6 billion of financial support.’

The grant comes in the form of a council tax rebate to households.

Energy suppliers will deliver the discount to households with a domestic electricity meter over six months from October.

Mr Sunak also has also unveiled a windfall tax on energy firms.

The Chancellor previously was against the idea, claiming it would hamper these companies’ investments and raise prices for consumers.

But he later appeared to change his tune, saying ‘no options are off the table’ if he doesn’t see ‘significant investment back in the UK economy’.

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