SNP delegates have overwhelmingly backed a resolution branding the current Tory made cost-of-living crisis “the most severe economic upheaval in a generation.”
An emergency resolution at the SNP National Conference in Aberdeen recognises that – with inflation at a 40-year high – the current crisis is putting lives and livelihoods at risk.
It also criticises the Tory Westminster Government for its role in making the situation worse by giving tax cuts to the richest while slashing public services.
The resolution follows the fallout from Westminster’s mini budget that crashed the pound and forced the Bank of England to bail out pension funds to the tune of £65 billion, sending interest rates soaring to their highest level in 14 years.
Commenting SNP MSP Gillian Martin said:
“We are in the eye of the most severe economic storm in a generation.
“People, businesses and public services across Scotland are suffering and it is a direct result of this Westminster government.
“The sooner we become an independent country and get rid of the Tories for good the better.
“This crisis is much worse in the UK than in other developed countries because of damaging Tory policies – like Brexit – that Scotland overwhelmingly and consistently votes against.
“The Tories should be deeply ashamed of themselves.
“They continue to make things worse, with terrible decision after terrible decision.
“Enough is enough.
“The SNP Scottish Government will continue to take action where it can with its limited powers to mitigate those terrible Tory choices to support vulnerable households.
“But we know we need the full welfare and tax powers of an Independent country to fully protect the people of Scotland from this crisis.”