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MSP slams UK government for 'major failings' in cost of living crisis

By Alan Beresford

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A NORTH-east MSP has accused the UK government of "all talk and no action" over the spiralling cost-of-living crisis.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP MSP Karen Adam.
Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP MSP Karen Adam.

New research by Kantar found that grocery prices were 5.9 per cent higher this month than a year ago – the biggest rise since December 2011 – and that the average food bill could increase by £271 this year.

It follows recent figures this month that highlighted that prices are increasing at their fastest rate in decades with inflation rising to seven per cent, a 30-year high.

SNP MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Karen Adam said: “There isn’t a family out there that I know that hasn’t been badly impacted by the rising cost of living, meanwhile, wages and welfare have either stagnated or been slashed since 2010 by the UK Tory government.

“The pressure and financial struggle that families are facing has never been as difficult as it is now, and it continues to worsen under Boris Johnson’s watch.

“There have been major failings in leadership from the UK government that needs to be addressed because they have proven to us now that they are detrimental to the welfare of our country.

“Scotland has the option to choose a different path. One where our nation is governed by people that we elect. Only with independence can we truly combat the harmful policies of Boris Johnson’s Tories in Westminster.”

The Scottish Conservatives were approached for comment but declined to do so on this occasion.

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