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Warning Against a Return to Austerity

Calls for Inflationary Uplift to Scottish Budget Deputy First Minister John Swinney has warned that a return to austerity would have significant consequences for people and public services, ahead of the UK Government’s Autumn Statement. Mr Swinney has called for an alternative to austerity to

Tory Cuts & Cost Crisis Hitting Living Standards

Incomes Down, Foodbank Use Up Westminster cuts have led to “the biggest deterioration in living standards in living memory”, according to a new report from the Child Poverty Action Group. The report points to “a gradual degradation of living standards since 2016 due to [UK

Biggest Interest Rate Rise in Decades

Scotland at the Mercy of Tory Economic Turmoil The Bank of England has announced that interest rates are to be increased to 3%, to try to combat spiralling inflation as a result of the Tory cost-of-living crisis. This latest 0.75% rise – the biggest hike

Tenant Protection Bill Passed

Emergency legislation approved by MSPs Tenants will have increased protection from rent increases and evictions during the cost-of-living crisis under temporary legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Bill, passed by MSPs on 6th October but effective from 6th September,

Accessing Help for Cost of Living

New ‘One Stop Shop’ Website for Advice & Information A new website providing information on the wide range of advice and financial support available to people in Scotland has been launched. Developed by the Scottish Government as a ‘one stop shop’ to help those struggling

‘Gaping Hole’ In Support for Off-Grid Homes

Rural Scotland ‘Hung Out to Dry’ The SNP has condemned the UK Government’s lack of support with energy bills for households not connected to the energy grid. The UK Government previously announced it would offer just £100 in total to households across the UK who

Rent Freeze Focus of Programme for Government

Ministers Act to Protect People in Cost Crisis A combined rent freeze and moratorium on evictions to help people through the cost crisis has been announced as the centrepiece of the 2022-23 Programme for Government (PfG). The programme outlines emergency legislation which will be introduced

Programme for Government

Scottish Child Payment Increasing from 14 November First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will set out a raft of actions today (Tuesday 6 September) in a Programme for Government designed to help people through the cost emergency. The package will include an increase in Scottish Child Payment

Sunak Concedes Brexit is Fuelling Cost Crisis

‘Damning’ Admission by Tory Leadership Contender The SNP has reiterated the point that independence is the only route to escape the damage of Brexit and Westminster control, after Rishi Sunak admitted labour shortages facing the UK are playing a part in the cost-of-living crisis hammering

Families & Businesses Left Behind by Westminster Inaction

Zero Urgency from Tories on Cost-of-Living Crisis Friday last week brought confirmation of news we’ve all been dreading. Regulator Ofgem confirmed that the energy price cap is set to rise by 80% from October, with average household bills increasing to more than £3,500 a year.