Working people are paying a heavy price for Westminster’s failures

Ordinary people are being made to pay a heavy price because of the litany 0f failures and inaction from this UK Tory government. New reports have revealed that because of Westminster’s failures, living standards now are not expected to improve for many households for a number of years.

These new reports make it clearer than ever that ordinary, hard-working people are paying a heavy price for the Tories’ humiliating failures.

A shameful lack of leadership has defined the worst cost-of-living crisis in memory, and the people of these isles deserve better.The report, from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, reveals that for people a large number of people, living standards won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2026.The report is an indictment on Tory rule, and one that should shake the UK government into action. Instead, it is likely they will continue to sit on their hands until election day, abdicating their responsibility to help the countless families across this country who are struggling like never before.Living standards have plummeted as a result of Westminster’s cost-of-living crisis. Households need action and proposals from the UK government that will put money back into their pockets – and the King’s Speech failed spectacularly to deliver.By remaining wedded to damaging policies like a needlessly hard Brexit and crippling austerity, both the Tories and the Labour Party are content to leave struggling households out of pocket.

Scotland doesn’t have to put up with the economic mismanagement of Westminster governments we don’t vote for – with the full powers of a proud, independent nation, we can escape this creaking, failing and broken Westminster system. We can create an economy that works for everyone instead of a stagnant economy that is the laughing stock of Europe. We can build a country that cares for the most vulnerable, rather than leaving them out in the cold to fend for themselves.

Independent countries like Scotland are wealthier and fairer than the UK – so the question is, why not Scotland?