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UK BUDGET LABELLED “ACTUALLY AWFUL” BY EXPERT AND LEAVES MORAY SHORT-CHANGED AND FAMILIES WORSE OFF CLAIMS LOCAL MSP28/10/2021
SNP MSP Richard Lochhead has said that the Tory UK Government’s budget, announced today, makes it clear that “independence is the only way give Moray a fair recovery from the pandemic.”
Richard Lochhead MSP has said that the budget – which has been described by the head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies as “actually awful” for living standards - is failing the people of Scotland by failing to tackle the cost of living crisis, the Brexit crisis and the climate crisis whilst the Tory Government prioritise cuts the cost of champagne and giving tax breaks to bankers.
Commenting SNP MSP Richard Lochhead said:
“What the Tory UK Government has outlined does not meet the ambition needed to build a fair and sustainable recovery and to tackle the cost of living crisis.
“It's painfully clear that there will be no fair recovery from the pandemic under the UK Government’s plans.
“This Tory budget fails Scotland as a whole and doesn’t go anywhere near supporting people in Moray, who are being hit by an energy crisis, a Brexit crisis, a labour shortages crisis and an inflation crisis under Westminster control.
“The UK Government budget is leaving families in Moray hundreds of pounds worse off next year due to Tory cuts, tax hikes and the soaring cost of Brexit.
“Disappointingly, there’s no commitment to match the £500m investment from the Scottish Government in a just transition fund for Moray and the North East of Scotland – with COP26 just around the corner this is a huge missed opportunity.
“One of the only bright spots was the decision to cancel plans to increase duty on Scotch whisky.
“It’s little wonder that, in May’s election, the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly for a different future when they gave the SNP the highest share of the vote since the dawn of devolution and a clear mandate for an independence referendum. Independence is the only way to keep Scotland safe from Tory cuts."