UK unveils emergency budget amid big demands but little cash

LONDON (AP) — Just three weeks after taking office, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faces the challenge of balancing the nation’s budget while helping millions of people slammed by a cost-of-living crisis. Treasury chief Jeremy Hunt will deliver the government’s plan for tackling a sputtering economy in a speech to the House of Commons on Thursday. The emergency budget statement aims to restore the government’s financial and political credibility after former Prime Minister Liz Truss announced billions in unfunded tax cuts that torpedoed investor confidence, sent the pound to record lows against the dollar and sparked emergency central bank intervention. Truss was forced to resign six weeks after taking office.