• Kirsten

Opposition Day Motion: Cost of Living Crisis

On my way to London to press for action on the Tory cost of living crisis, which the UK government, so caught up in the chaos surrounding the Prime Minister, is failing to tackle.

Tory cuts, regressive tax hikes and the soaring cost of Brexit have squeezed household budgets and pushed millions of families into poverty - but Tory ministers are failing to reverse the damage they have caused.


The Tory government can't escape the fact its policies have left families demonstrably worse off.


Tory MPs must step up and show Boris Johnson the door so they can turn their attention to delivering the support that families urgently need and reversing the rising poverty on their watch.


Twelve years of Tory cuts, regressive tax hikes and the soaring cost of Brexit have squeezed household budgets and pushed people into poverty. The Tory government cannot escape the fact that it has left families worse off and is failing to reverse the damage it has caused.

Under Boris Johnson, the UK has the worst levels of poverty and inequality in north west Europe and the highest in-work poverty this century. That's not a record to be proud of.


The UK government must finally introduce an emergency package to boost household incomes - reversing the Tory cuts to Universal Credit, matching the Scottish Child Payment UK-wide, delivering a low income energy payment, introducing a real living wage and raising sick pay.


Tory ministers are making the case for independence by imposing cuts and failing to use reserved powers to tackle poverty. Independence is the only way to keep Scotland safe and the only way to secure the full powers required to eradicate poverty and build a fairer future.

SNP opposition day motion: https://commonsbusiness.parliament.uk/document/53667/pdf


That this House notes there is a cost of living crisis hitting homes across the UK; regrets the UK Government’s current plan of reductions in certain benefits and tax rises coupled with rising costs of the UK leaving the EU; is concerned that the UK has the worst levels of poverty and inequality in north west Europe and the highest levels of in-work poverty this century; and calls on the Government to take immediate action with a package of measures to boost incomes and reverse rising poverty, including reinstating the £20 universal credit uplift, introducing a Real Living Wage of at least £10 an hour, introducing an energy payment for low income households, and matching the Scottish Government's Scottish Child Payment for families across the UK.