“The cost of living crisis is spiralling out of control, fuelled by Brexit, and is driving millions of families into absolute poverty – yet Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson seem hell-bent on doing nothing”, said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest) commenting as inflation reaches a new 40 year high figure of 9%.
The UK inflation, the rate which shows how quickly prices are rising across the country, has jumped to 9% in the 12 months to April – up from 7% in March – and could reach 10%.
The SNP’s Shadow Chancellor, Alison Thewliss MP, has reiterated the party’s call for Rishi Sunak to deliver an emergency budget, which would include a wide range of measures to help ease the squeeze on households.
The news follows a separate poll, conducted by Sky News, which found one in four people across the UK had resorted to skipping meals, with more than four in five concerned about the rising cost of living.
SNP Shadow Chancellor, Alison Thewliss MP said:
“It is time for the Chancellor to heed the warnings and finally call for an emergency budget that will deliver a comprehensive package of support to the lowest earners in our society.
“This has to include, at the bare minimum, converting the £200 energy loan into a grant, scrapping the regressive National Insurance tax hike, reversing the £1040 cut to Universal Credit, introducing a Real Living Wage to boost incomes, reducing or removing VAT on household energy bills, and follow the Scottish Government’s 6% uprating of benefits.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:
“Along with colleagues in Renfrewshire Council I have been raising this issue and calling on the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to get their finger out and doing something to help ordinary people who are suffering.
“This is a Tory created Cost of Living Crisis – we don’t have Russian oligarchs who can bail us out – the Tories must stop messing about and bring forward real plans to help everyone cope with the crisis they have created. “It’s a disgrace that people in energy rich Scotland can’t afford their energy bills or that families are skipping meals – this is 2022, not 1822 – we need to have the full powers of independence as its clear the Tories aren’t interested in helping ordinary people.”