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MSP URGES SUPERMARKETS TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE SHOPPERS

08/04/2020  

Richard Lochhead MSP has written to the Chief Executives of ASDA and Tesco urging the supermarkets to do more to ensure that vulnerable and elderly residents can secure online deliveries. 

Moray’s MSP has been inundated with messages and emails from people who are vulnerable or self-isolating and who are unable to get a food shop as online delivery slots at both ASDA and Tesco are full for the next three weeks.

Mr Lochhead as urged the supermarkets to look at what more can be done to ensure that vulnerable and elderly residents in Moray can continue to access essential items.

Commenting the SNP MSP said:

“Our supermarket workers are doing a fantastic job right now under the most difficult circumstances and I don’t think we can praise them highly enough – from those working in store to the folk out on deliveries, they’re all playing a vital role in keeping food on our tables.

“There are some problems though with the supermarkets capacity and I’ve had many people contact me over the last week or so who are either vulnerable or self-isolating and they just can’t get a home delivery. People are going online to try to get an online shop sorted, so they can get their essential items, and the next available slot isn’t for three weeks.

“This is also an issue for many elderly residents in my constituency and although some people can rely on family to get essential items for them, sadly not everyone has that support available to them.

“I know that many smaller local shops are doing their bit by taking orders on the phone and delivering to households in their communities, which is really great to see.

“But our supermarkets have a big role to play, given the volume of sales they account for, and it is vital that vulnerable people in Moray can access online deliveries at this challenging time.”

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