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‘Helping the rich’: mini-budget brings fear and anger to PM’s home patch

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On the high street in the leafy suburb of Roundhay, where Liz Truss went to school and her parents still live, there is a sense of frustration, and even anger, at the measures announced in Friday’s mini-budget.Catherine Brittain, a childminder, was forced to negotiate with her energy provider, which upped her bills from £109 a month to £350.

She was able to agree to pay £200 until after Christmas.She said: “I can’t afford to pay more. I’m worried about the cost of living and at the moment I haven’t passed that on to parents but I’m not sure how much longer I can keep it up.”She needs to provide a warm home for the children she cares for, as well as meals, and it comes at a cost.“I’m not a charity.

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