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Help for homeowners to pay energy bills and extra funds for the NHS to prevent a winter healthcare crisis are expected to be highlights of George Osborne's autumn statement on Thursday, according to the Guardian.
With political pressure over energy bills rising, and concern over NHS waiting times ahead of the busiest months for hospitals, the chancellor is likely to address current challenges rather than indulge in triumphalist rhetoric.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has predicted more "panicky" Government U-turns, as the Autumn Statement is due on Wednesday.
Writing in the Sunday Mirror, Mr Balls said: "After last year’s Budget, Chancellor George Osborne was forced into chaotic U-turns on the pasty tax, the caravan tax and the charities tax. This time the U-turns have started before he’s even made his speech.
"With four days until the Autumn Statement, we’ve already had panicky changes in government policy: on payday loans, cigarette packaging, energy subsidies and bank lending.
"We don’t need more half-measures and panicky climbdowns from the Omnishambles Chancellor".