Millions of households will typically pay an extra £693 a year on their energy bills from April, but chancellor Rishi Sunak said his support plan would take the “sting” out of the rise.
The sharp rise in energy bills will put a further squeeze on people already facing higher prices and rising taxes.
The chancellor said help of £350 per household would “ease” people’s anxiety over the increase.
But the scheme was criticised for not being targeted on those most in need.
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