Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead MSP will next week host a roundtable focussing on the cost of living crisis many households in Moray are experiencing. 

With UK inflation hitting a 40-year high of 9% in May and the UK energy price cap expected to jump to £2,800 in October, Moray’s MSP has been contacted by families from across Moray struggling to cope with surging costs on a number of fronts, including rocketing energy bills and food price increases.

The roundtable will bring together a variety of charities and organisations working at the frontline in Moray to support families with the cost of living. The meeting will consider the impact the crisis is having as well as providing an opportunity for the groups to update their local MSP on what more could be done locally to assist those in need.

Commenting ahead of the roundtable, Moray’s MSP said:

“I know many families across Moray are being forced to the brink with the cost of living crisis and soaring energy and food costs.

“There are many organisations and charities across Moray tirelessly supporting people and providing advice so I’m keen to hear from colleagues working at the frontline to discuss their experiences and also reflect on the impact of the crisis and hear their views on what more can be done to help households get through this difficult period.

“The Scottish Government is investing in a package of measures and social security support not available anywhere else in the UK, including support through a range of family benefits, including the Scottish Child Payment which was doubled to £20 per week from 1 April, as well as mitigation of the bedroom tax and benefit cap, and increasing eight Scottish benefits by 6%.”