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Cost of Living Crisis – Independence The Only Route to Escape Austerity

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The SNP’s Social Justice Spokesperson, David Linden MP, will today (Tuesday 9th January) lead a debate on the impact of Westminster’s economic failures on tenants of social housing in Scotland.

The Scottish Federation of Housing Association (SFHA) released a report last month which revealed the devastating impact of the ongoing cost of living crisis on social housing tenants, as they face unprecedented levels of deprivation, driven by exorbitant food and energy prices.

David Linden MP has said the report is an indictment of Tory rule, and hopes that this debate will put pressure on the UK government to support the most vulnerable people in society, including tenants of social housing. 

Commenting David Linden MP said:

“People across Scotland are suffering under the Westminster made cost of living crisis with rising food prices, mortgages and energy prices – it is clear that more must be done by the UK government to support the most vulnerable.

“The Scottish Government is ensuring money stays in people’s pockets this winter by freezing council tax, and through the Scottish Child Payment and Best Start grants.

“This is on top of protecting Scottish households from Westminster’s cruel bedroom tax and housing benefit cap – two things we shouldn’t have to do.

“Everyone deserves a warm, safe and affordable place to live. The SNP are leading the way in the UK on building affordable housing.

“The people of Scotland shouldn’t have to put up with the economic mismanagement of Westminster governments we don’t vote for – Scotland deserves better and can do better with the full powers of independence.”

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