Chancellor Rishi Sunak is being urged to set out an emergency budget to help millions of people across the UK who are ‘thrown into poverty and hardship’ due to the cost of living crisis. SNP MP Alison Thewliss has demanded action from the UK Government as people across the country have seen both energy bills and National Insurance payments rise.
Ms Thewliss, the SNP’s Westminster Treasury spokeswoman, insisted the Chancellor’s recent spring statement had been a ‘deliberate choice’ by the Government ‘to ignore the Tories’ cost of living crisis which is being prepared under his supervision”. And she added that people can’t wait for the budget in the fall for help from ministers.
She called on Mr Sunak to come up with an emergency budget, saying it should convert the recently announced £200 loan to help people with rising energy bills into a ‘more generous grant’. The SNP also demanded the rise in National Insurance contributions be scrapped and said the £20 increase in Universal Credit should be reinstated.
VAT on energy bills should either be reduced or removed, with the SNP also calling on the UK government to follow the lead of Scottish ministers and increase benefit payments by 6%. Ms Thewliss hit out at the Tories, saying: ‘Maybe the Chancellor and Prime Minister can afford to go on vacation and sit and do nothing until the autumn budget, but ordinary people don’t don’t have the same luxury. .
“In fact, many have to make the difficult decision of whether they can afford to eat a meal or heat their homes. Households face a triple whammy between rising energy prices from April, rising National Insurance and the looming energy price hike in October.
“Unless the UK Government acts, millions of people risk being plunged into poverty and hardship – and the blame will lie with the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.” The SNP MP continued: ‘The reality is that the Spring Declaration was not just a missed opportunity, it was a deliberate policy choice by the UK Government to ignore the Tory cost of living crisis which was brewing under his supervision.
A government spokesperson said: ‘We understand that people are struggling with the rising cost of living, we cannot protect everyone from the global challenges we face, but we are handing over billions of pounds in the pockets of hard working families across the UK.
“We are raising National Insurance thresholds, saving the typical worker over £330 a year, we are raising earnings by an average of £1,000 for a full-time worker by raising the National Living Wage and we are supporting households with their energy bills with our £200 rebate. »
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