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.

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