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Rishi Sunak plans to unleash cuts across Whitehall in order to fund support for struggling Brits as the cost of living crisis deepens.

The former Chancellor said his plan would keep one-off borrowing to an “absolute minimum” by seeking “efficiency savings” across Government departments.

Mr Sunak released his plans after Liz Truss suggested at the weekend that there would be no “handouts” if she won the race for No 10 and that her priority was reducing the tax burden.

But her allies have insisted she is committed to helping families struggling with soaring bills.

The two Tory leadership hopefuls will continue campaigning on Tuesday before a hustings session with party members in Darlington, a so-called “red wall” area turned blue under Boris Johnson ’s leadership in 2019.

The cost of living crisis has dominated the Tory leadership contest ( POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Mr Sunak has labelled Ms Truss’s plan for tax cuts in an emergency budget as a “big bung” for large businesses and the better off, adding it would do little to help those most in need over the coming winter.

Mr Sunak said: “This winter is going to be extremely tough for families up and down the country, and there is no doubt in my mind that more support will be needed.

“In spring I set out a series of measures to provide help, with the most support targeted at the most vulnerable. But bills are going up by more than anyone expected and the next government will need to act.

“As chancellor I put in place a framework to support hard-working families and pensioners to bring bills down. People need proven methods that will deliver for them quickly. So I will use the framework I created to provide further support and give millions of people the peace of mind they desperately need ahead of the winter.

“I’m very clear about what is required to help people, and as soon as we know how much bills will go up by, I will act.

Rishi Sunak aims to keep borrowing to an ‘absolute minimum’ ( PA)

“And it’s important for people to know how this extra support will be paid for. In order to keep any one-off borrowing to an absolute minimum I will first seek efficiency savings across Whitehall to provide direct support for families to help with the unprecedented situation we face.”

It comes after Bank of England forecasted inflation will hit 13%, with average household energy bills predicted to reached almost £4,000.

Tory former Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis, who is backing Ms Truss, earlier said they would look to do “whatever we can” to help people under pressure from rising inflation.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We will look to do whatever we can to help people – that’s what an emergency budget is about.

“She’s willing to do more to help people but her focus is around doing it in a way that puts more money in people’s pockets, creating a high-growth economy with higher wages, more people in work.

“So rather than having handouts, what we do is have a low-tax economy that’s driving growth and therefore with people having more money in their pockets, they’re better placed to deal with some of the challenges that we see.”

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