Open letter to the government on Cost of Living Crisis ahead of Spring Statement

NSUN is one of many charities calling on the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to pull us out of the Cost of Living crisis. Read the letter below and add your name to the petition here.

Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt: don’t let this become our new normal

Together we face a cost of living crisis, which has turned into a catastrophe. 

In Britain in 2023, parents are having to choose between buying nappies or food, between new school shoes or a winter coat; pensioners are going cold and skipping meals; disabled people are struggling to heat their homes or run vital medical equipment; and a quarter of us are kept up at night worrying about keeping the roof over our heads.

Don’t let this become our new normal.

People are doing their best, charities and volunteers are doing their bit, but the UK government needs to do its job. We’re calling on the Prime Minister and the Chancellor, in the Spring Budget, to pull us out of this catastrophe and:

  • Help us heat our homesprovide effective, ongoing support for Brits struggling to pay our energy bills during this crisis, and boost insulation so our bills keep coming down.
  • Make sure kids aren’t going hungry by expanding free school meals to all children, prioritising families receiving Universal Credit or equivalent benefits. 
  • Keep a roof over our heads unfreezing housing benefit so we can stay in our homes as rents soar.
  • Give a lifeline when times are tough when it becomes impossible to pay our bills and feed our families, a system which treats us with dignity and helps us get back on our feet.


CEOs of Shelter, Save the Children, Little Village, 38 Degrees and Turn2us


Action for Children, Aple Collective, BiteBack, British Association of Social Workers, Buttle UK, Caritas Shrewsbury, Child Poverty Action Group, Children North East, End Child Poverty Coalition, End Fuel Poverty Coalition, End Furniture Poverty, Fairness Foundation, Greater Manchester Poverty Action, Home-Start UK, The Hygiene Bank, In Kind Direct, Independent Age, Independent Food Aid Network, Jamie Driscoll – Metro Mayor for North of Tyne, Locality, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society, National Education Union, National Survivor User Network, NCT, Neighbourly, Northeast Child Poverty Commission, Place Shapers, Royal National Institute for Blind People, Social Workers Union, Steve Rotheram – Metro Mayor for Liverpool City Region, The Childhood Trust, The Children’s Society, The Poverty Alliance, Thomas Pocklington Trust, Warm This Winter, We Care Campaign, Z2K (Zacchaeus 2000 Trust)