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Rishi Sunak’s popularity plummets to ‘all-time low’ amid cost-of-living crisis

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Rishi Sunak pictured in Downing Street ahead of his spring return this week. (AFP via Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak’s approval rating as foreign minister is at an “all-time low” amid backlash over the cost-of-living crisis.

Sunak has come under fire following this week’s spring statement, which had been designed to address the crisis but was seen as not going far enough.

Now a opinion survey has shown that his approval ratings have fallen to 31%, after being at 48% after his first budget in March 2020.

His decline in popularity comes just weeks after he was seen by many, at the height of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street closing party scandal, as a prime minister-in-waiting.

But Sunak is facing mounting criticism for his handling of the cost-of-living crisis.

Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis, considered one of the most trusted people in Britain, said his “head sank” after seeing Sunak’s “limited” plan on Wednesday.

And on Sunday, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Jon Ashworth accused Sunak of “acting in his own interest” while retirees have been “cutting back on hot meals” and “forgoing hot showers”.

See: Spring Statement: Key Takeaways from Rishi Sunak’s Speech

Why the cost of living is increasing.  (Yahoo News UK)

Why the cost of living is increasing. (Yahoo News UK)

told Sky Sophie Ridge on Sunday program: “Rishi Sunak absolutely had more wiggle room in this mini-budget spring statement, but instead of acting in the interests of the British people, he was playing games.

“He was acting in his own interest because he believes that by offering an income tax cut in two years, that will help him politically with Conservative MPs if there is a leadership contest or that will fit into the Conservative constituency.”

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It is in this climate that Sunak is reported by the sunday time consider proposals for a second council tax refund to help ease the impact of skyrocketing fuel bills.

The Chancellor’s support package already announced includes an initial £200 rebate on energy bills from October, although this will need to be paid over five years from 2023, plus a £150 council tax rebate for homes in the bands A to D starting next month.

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