But with warnings of a looming winter crisis, Boris Johnson and the two people vying to be his replacement - Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak - have been urged to introduce further measures in an immediate emergency Budget.
So, what measures have been announced by the government?
What cost of living payment schemes have been announced?
In May, then-Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a £15 billion support package to help people with the cost of living crisis.
He said at the time that he had loosened the public purse strings because of the “acute distress” high inflation was causing people across the UK.
Mr Sunak told MPs: “I know they are worried, I know people are struggling,” and added: “[the government] will not sit idly by while there is a risk that some in our country might be set so far back they might never recover”.
The Chancellor also insisted rocketing inflation could be brought under control.
“It is not some abstract force outside our grasp. It may take time, but we have the tools we need and the resolve it will take to reduce inflation,” Mr Sunak said.
Rishi Sunak said the cost of living support would be funded through a mix of new taxes and government borrowing.
Opposition parties have been calling for a similar tax for several months and claimed the Chancellor had been dragged “kicking and screaming” into a U-turn on the policy.
Most of the funding for the spending - roughly £10 billion - is set to come from government borrowing.
It marked a major turnaround from a Spring Statement that saw little public spending but major tax hikes and the government’s insistence that extra public spending would make inflation worse.
What cost of living support was announced?
The major announcement from Rishi Sunak was that a previously announced £200 energy bills loan due to be paid out in October would now become a one-off £400 energy bill discount.
This universal support will be paid out to every household in the UK over a period of six months from October when the new energy price cap is set to come into force.
Initial payments of £66 will be made in October and November 2022, with £67 per month paid out as we get into 2023.
You do not have to do anything to receive these payments, as they will be automatically applied by your energy supplier.
Treasury officials admitted it will be paid to some individuals multiple times if they pay bills at multiple properties, e.g. holiday homes.
Other policies announced by the government included:
- A one-off targeted £650 payment to support low-income households - the Treasury said this would support more than eight million households who are paid benefits. The money is being paid out in two instalments in July and in the autumn to those who are registered to receive certain benefits- although there have been delays in its payment.
- £150 for people on disability benefits - it is set to be paid by September with the usual benefits payment.
A further £500 million would be given to councils in England as part of the existing household support fund, and would have its time limit extended to March 2023.
This fund is used by local authorities to distribute money or key items to the poorest and most vulnerable people in their area.
Overall, it means the poorest eight million households will receive at least £1,200 in additional government support in 2022, the Treasury claims.
Will government cost of living support be available UK-wide?
Most of the announcements made by Rishi Sunak will be rolled out across England, Scotland and Wales.
However, the household support fund will be England-only, with funding, as calculated by the Barnett formula, distributed to the devolved nations.
The government says it will match the energy bills support for the people of Northern Ireland.
However, there is a big question mark over how and when this funding will be distributed in the country given the Stormont Executive remains suspended.
The power-sharing agreement in Belfast broke down after nationalist party Sinn Fein became the largest party in May’s elections, overtaking unionist grouping the DUP.
The DUP has said it will refuse to cooperate until its concerns over the Brexit protocol - which Sinn Fein supports - are addressed.
Sinn Fein’s Finance Minister in Stormont Conor Murphy said: “The additional £14 million funding we will receive from the Household Support Fund cannot be allocated in the absence of an Executive.
“This now means there is a total of £435 million which cannot be allocated to help families, workers and businesses with the cost of living and to support public services, particularly our health service.”
DUP MLA Jonathan Buckley said his party wanted “to see devolved government operational” but insisted it “must be on a sustainable, long-term footing” to do so.
Additional reporting by PA