Rishi Sunak’s Tories must not slash support while bills are soaring

A new report by the Resolution Foundation has revealed the average household will be £2,100 worse off by the end of next financial year, leaving households worse off than before the covid-19 pandemic until 2028 and more than six million households reporting they are going hungry as a result.

This Westminster made cost-of-living crisis is worsening under the Tories watch.

With the Tory cost of living crisis worsening, it would be unthinkable for Rishi Sunak to slash support for households just as energy bills are set to rise just as he cut Universal Credit by £1,040 during his time as Chancellor.

Millions of families have seen their incomes hammered as a result of Tory cuts, Brexit price rises and soaring inflation. This is a crisis made at Westminster, and the Westminster government needs to take action to mitigate the damage it has done to people’s incomes.

The £400 Energy Bill Support Scheme must be extended beyond April, to help households with rising bills, and the UK government must follow the lead of the SNP Scottish Government in improving public sector pay deals, and matching the Scottish Child Payment across the UK, to put money back in people’s pockets.

The Prime Minister must guarantee the £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme will continue after April, and to look at other ways to boost household incomes, including improving UK government pay deals for public sector workers and matching the SNP government’s Scottish Child Payment of £25 per child per week.

People across Scotland are paying an unacceptable price for Westminster failure.

The fact that the Tories have trashed the economy, and household incomes, so badly shows exactly why Scotland needs to become an independent country to escape Westminster control and secure a more prosperous future.

As an independent country, Scotland would no longer have to rely on Westminster governments to make the right decisions for the people of Scotland.

We would always get the governments we vote for, acting in the best interests of all people who live in Scotland.

We would be able to end Westminster’s failed austerity approach, fully tackle this cost-of-living crisis and build a better, fairer, greener European future.

All of that, and more, is only possible with the full powers of independence.