Independence is the only way to deliver economic prosperity for Scotland – after a new survey revealed over half (58%) of UK voters admitted they are ‘struggling’ or ‘just about managing’ during the cost-of-living crisis.
The survey, by BMG Consulting, found that 52% of those surveyed said they were worried about paying for everyday essentials – such as food, petrol and bills – while 80% said that the cost-of-living crisis was the biggest issue facing the UK at the moment.
It comes ahead of an expected announcement from the Bank of England on whether to raise interest rates for the 14th consecutive time.
Inflation has remained high throughout the first half of 2023, with the latest figures showing prices rose by 7.9% last month and food inflation remained high at 17.4%.
Stewart Hosie MP, the SNP’s economy spokesperson, has urged the UK government to do more to support vulnerable people during the cost-of-living crisis to prevent rising poverty levels.
Commenting, SNP Economy spokesperson, Stewart Hosie MP said:
“The result of thirteen years of Tory austerity and the calamitous impact of Brexit has exacerbated the ongoing cost-of-living crisis which continues to hammer households across Scotland.
“The figures revealed in this recent survey highlight the harsh impact of this Westminster-made crisis.
“The UK government should be taking note and offering further support to those financially suffering the most.
“With an election looming, it is clear that voters are crying out for real hope and real change – something the Tories and pro-Brexit Labour fail to offer.
“Only the SNP are offering a real alternative through independence – which would rid Scotland of the chaos of Westminster and allow us to build a fairer economy for all.”