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Starmer Challenged to Back Major Cost of Living Package Like Ireland

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The SNP has challenged Sir Keir Starmer to back a major package of cost of living support for households – ahead of his conference speech today.

With the Irish government poised to introduce many of the measures the SNP has been demanding for months in its budget today, Stephen Flynn warned “people in Scotland want to see real change and real help with the cost of living – not more Tory cuts”.

The SNP has repeatedly called for a major package ahead of the UK autumn budget to help families with the soaring cost of living in the UK, including the introduction of mortgage interest relief, a £400 energy bill rebate this winter, and action to reduce food prices in supermarkets.

While the Tories and Labour Party have refused to back these SNP calls, the Irish government is today expected to introduce mortgage interest relief, €400 energy bill credits for households, and increases in welfare payments, including child benefit.

Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Stephen Flynn MP said:

“The Tories trashed the UK economy and they’re rightly on their way out of government but people in Scotland want to see real change and real help with the cost of living – not more Tory cuts imposed by a timid, Tory-lite Labour Party.

“Sir Keir Starmer has the opportunity today to change tack and back the SNP’s calls for a major cost of living support package at the autumn budget – including mortgage interest relief, a £400 energy bill rebate, and action to reduce food prices in supermarkets.

“These are the kind of bold measures needed to boost household incomes and reverse rising poverty – and governments around the world are already implementing them, showing what independent countries of Scotland’s size can achieve.

“The SNP will continue to push the Tories and Labour Party to back urgent help to tackle the cost of living crisis.

“With every day Westminster fails to act, it is showing why Scotland needs independence to help families and boost the economy.”

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