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Prime Ministers Visit to Scotland Must Mark U-Turn on Cost of Living Inaction

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Ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to Scotland today (Friday), where he will address delegates at the Scottish Tory Conference, the SNP has challenged the Prime Minister to U-turn on his lack of intervention on the cost of living crisis.

SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown said Boris Johnson’s failure to act on soaring household bills will push thousands more into poverty in Scotland – after more than a decade of Tory austerity that Scotland didn’t vote for.

While the SNP Scottish Government is doubling its “game-changer” Scottish Child Payment, scrapping assessments for those with lifelong disabilities and making strides in tackling poverty in Scotland, the UK government is sitting on its hands while households feel the pinch.

Ahead of next week’s Spring Statement by the UK Chancellor, the SNP has called for a bespoke package of measures to ease the pressure on hard-pressed families to tackle the cost of living crisis.

SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown MSP said:

“The Prime Minister has a lot to learn from Scotland on his flying visit today – where a compassionate SNP government is doubling the game-changer Scottish Child Payment and ending the cruel assessment process for those with lifelong disabilities.

“A new poll this week shows a staggering 80% of Scots are worried about the cost of living crisis.

“On his visit to Scotland today, Boris Johnson must acknowledge his failure to act so far and go back to Downing Street with a plan to tackle soaring bills.

“The Prime Minister’s failure to act so far is utterly shameful.

“While across Europe, France has capped energy bull rises at 4% and Bulgaria has frozen bills.

“Boris Johnson has the powers at his disposal to intervene – and his visit today must mark the moment to do so.

“The people of Scotland have consistently rejected the Tories at the ballot box – yet have been lumped with a decade of crippling Tory austerity that we didn’t vote for.

“Boris Johnson makes the case for Scottish independence all by himself – so he shouldn’t be surprised about the result when that democratic mandate is delivered.”

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