So how does the spring budget affect YOU? We spoke to eight typical families who told us how much they would “save”

THIS week, The Sun spoke to eight struggling families to find out what they want from yesterday’s Rishi Sunak’s mini-budget, and today we’ll meet them to see if he delivered on his commitments.

The chancellor released his spring statement as Britain grapples with sky-high energy bills and soaring inflation.


We learn how Rishi Sunak’s spring budget will affect eight low-income familiesCredit: Reuters
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He announced a mixed bag of handouts and tax cuts.

The 1.25 percentage point increase in National Insurance remains, but the threshold at which workers start paying it will be raised from July.

And there was a reduction in the duty on fuel by 5 pence per litre.

Here we see who wins and our eight families tell Mike Ridley what it means to them.

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Adrian Marriott Will Save Money By Cutting Fuel Duties, But Says It Won'T Make A Big Difference.


Adrian Marriott will save money by cutting fuel duties, but says it won’t make a big difference.Credit: Paul Tong

A doctor’s office worker Adrian Mariotte earns £18,000 a year, while his wife Zoe earns £4,500 as a cleaning lady.

A married couple living in South Normanton, Derby will receive £360 a year from an increase in the national insurance threshold to £12,570.

This more than makes up for their additional £67.87 per annum NI payments.

They also receive £30 a year in fuel duty reductions.

But Adrian, 33, said: “It won’t change anything.

“I’m not even sure it will be passed on to motorists.

“If you don’t drive hundreds of miles every week, it won’t do you much good.

“The Mini Budget hasn’t really changed anything, people will still struggle.

“I am very disappointed that I do not see anything about energy prices.

“Raising the National Insurance threshold is unlikely to make a difference for those earning the lowest wages.”


There Was No Help For Louise, Who Relies On Universal Credit.


There was no help for Louise, who relies on Universal Credit.Credit: Richard Reiner

LOUISE MADDison relies on a universal loan of £4,000 a year and skips meals to make ends meet.

She volunteers for an art project to keep her home in Darlington, County Durham from heating after her bills hit £160 a month.

50-year-old Louise had no help.

She says: “MPs got a £2,200 pay raise last week – that says a lot about who they care about.

“They have to watch their voters behind the Red Wall.

“I just installed smart meters. Now I will keep track of every penny.

“I will heat with candles when I exhaust my energy budget.

“When my family budget runs out, it goes back to the food banks.

“They are great, but they don’t provide a healthy diet, they provide a satisfying diet.

“It’s jars and convenience foods, white pasta and white bread.”

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Caroline, From Cardiff, Doesn'T Make Enough To Pay Her National Insurance, But She Does Make £43 A Year From Reduced Fuel Duty.


Caroline, from Cardiff, doesn’t make enough to pay her national insurance, but she does make £43 a year from lower fuel duty.Credit: Hugh Evans

Caroline Duddridge, 62, receives a government widow’s pension of £10,000 a year and a teacher’s pension of just £720.

When prices skyrocketed, she took a part-time job as a teaching assistant, earning £144 a week.

Caroline, from Cardiff, doesn’t make enough to pay her national insurance, but she does make £43 a year from lower fuel duty.

She says: “I didn’t expect much from this budget, but at least I didn’t get worse.

“As gas and electricity continue to grow, I will be much poorer in the long run.

“I turned off the heating and now I live under an electric blanket.

“My son comes in and says, ‘It’s cold in here,’ but that lowers the bills.

“There are many people who are worse off than me.

“They will suffer the most in the coming year.”


Ronnie Moon, A 69-Year-Old Retired Teaching Assistant From South London, Is Pleased That The Triple Lock That Links Pensions To Inflation Will Return From April 2023.


Ronnie Moon, a 69-year-old retired teaching assistant from South London, is pleased that the triple lock that links pensions to inflation will return from April 2023.Credit: Darren Fletcher

GRANNY Ronnie Moon can no longer manage her £179.60 per week state pension.

The 69-year-old retired teaching assistant from Wandsworth, South London, is pleased that the triple lock linking pensions to inflation will return from April 2023.

She said: “This is good news for retirees, but we have to get through this year with lower pension increases first.

“Energy and food bills are on the rise and these are desperate times.”

The fuel tax cut will save her £66 a year.

She said: “Saving £3 on a tank is better than a slap in the face.

“I don’t like to think that gas prices will rise so much that I won’t be able to go and see my ten grandchildren.”


Roxy Wanted The Chancellor To Continue Supporting Independent Workers Who Are Still Fighting The Pandemic.


Roxy wanted the Chancellor to continue supporting independent workers who are still fighting the pandemic.Credit: Attached

EVENTS producer Roxy Ozalp has seen her income drop to £19,000 a year due to Covid.

She wanted the chancellor to continue to support independent workers who are still struggling with the effects of the pandemic.

Roxie, 36, from Haringey, North London, is £280 a year better off due to changes to the National Insurance system.

She wanted more grants for the self-employed, but instead the chancellor helped small firms that hired people.

Roxy said, “Self-employed people shouldn’t have been excluded just because they can’t hire other people at the moment.”

She also believes Rishi should have lowered the base income tax rate from 20 percent to 19 percent now rather than wait until 2024.

Roxy said: “Stress from rising costs is immediate and now, not two years from now.

“Seeing a small positive impact two years from now is worse than not announcing anything.”


The Couple From Newport, Gwent Will Save £162.50 A Year On Fuel.


The couple from Newport, Gwent will save £162.50 a year on fuel.

Mom-of-three Jody Westmacott earns £18,000 a year as a carer, while her partner Claire Simmons, an IT professional, earns £37,000.

The couple from Newport, Gwent will save £162.50 a year on fuel.

And each of them will be £360 better after the change in the national insurance threshold.

But Claire, 37, will pay an additional £374 in NI dues (a loss of £14) while Jodie will need to find an additional £67 a year.

Jodi, 30, said: “This is better than I expected.

“441 pounds will make a difference. But that will depend on how much the price goes up.

“The fuel tax is not a big deal.

“With prices rising, this discount will be gone in a few days.”

Claire said, “The NI increase was announced a while ago, so I was expecting it.

“A loss of £14 a year is not that much.

“It’s only right that those of us on higher salaries bear the brunt so that those on lower salaries can get a breather.”


Single Mother Laura Will Have An Extra £155.76 After The National Living Wage Rose 59P An Hour To £9.50 Plus She Will Save £37.50 A Year On Fuel.


Single mother Laura will have an extra £155.76 after the National Living Wage rose 59p an hour to £9.50 plus she will save £37.50 a year on fuel.Credit: JOHN MCLELLAN.

Single mother Laura Gregory earns £750 a month as a minimum wage dental nurse.

Laura, 34, from Gravesend, Kent, also receives £800 a month tax credit and £140 child support for daughter Summer, 16, and son Rossi, 9.

She will have an additional £155.76 after the National Living Wage rises by 59p an hour to £9.50, plus she will save £37.50 a year on fuel.

Laura said: “It will make a big difference, but everything else will grow at the same time, so we will just be in the same boat.

“Sometimes it seems that we are surviving rather than living.

“I have a credit card ready as a backup.

“If it wasn’t for Covid and the government spending so much money to support us, I would like more.”


Jane, From Merton, South London, Receives £360 From The National Insurance Threshold Increase, But Will Pay An Additional £174 From A 1.25 Percentage Point Increase In Premiums.


Jane, from Merton, South London, receives £360 from the National Insurance threshold increase, but will pay an additional £174 from a 1.25 percentage point increase in premiums.Credit: Oliver Dixon

TAKEAWAY deli manager Jane Srachompu is forced to take a second job to fight rising costs.

Unmarried Jane, 46, earns £26,500 but she also plans to work two nights as a waitress.

Jane, from Merton, South London, is earning £360 from the National Insurance threshold increase but will pay an additional £174 due to a 1.25 percentage point increase in premiums.

She said: “If Rishi Sunak really ‘understood’ he would also cancel the NI rate hike.”

Jane, who pays £550 rent and £140 a month for her shared flat, says the income tax cut should have started in April this year, not two years from now.

She added: “The time has come when people need help.

“Money is a big burden for me.

“My gas bill just came in, but I’m not going to open the envelope until I get paid.”

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