Ed Balls predicts more U-turns

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has predicted more "panicky" Government U-turns, as the Autumn Statement is due to be announced on Thursday.

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Osborne to focus on fuel bills and NHS in statement

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne Credit: Andrew Winning/PA Wire

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.

Ed Balls predicts more U-turns in Autumn Statement

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has predicted more "panicky" Government U-turns, as the Autumn Statement is due on Wednesday.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and shadow chancellor Ed Balls Credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire

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".

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