The impact of the cost living rises grows day by day and requires urgent action, according to local Liberal Democrats. Rutherglen Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown has renewed his call for a Cost of Living Rescue Plan.
Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats
already showed that the average increase in energy costs in South Lanarkshire compared to December 2020 would be £1,189.92 – well above the Scottish average of £990. The energy rises on top of price rises for food, petrol and other costs amount to an unprecedented undermining of family living standards on a scale not seen for generations.
Robert Brown said:
“Many local families in Rutherglen and Cambuslang are being badly hit by big rises in their weekly costs, headed of course by the huge rise in energy prices. Yet the oil and gas companies are raking in enormous profits.
We urgently require a one off “Robin Hood tax” on the super-profits of the oil and gas companies – to allow vulnerable and low income families to get £300 off heating bills.
But, in Scotland, the SNP government should take action to cut heating, travel and other costs where they can make a difference. For example a Cost of Living Rescue Plan could include action to -
- Cancel the 3.8% rose in rail fares and expand the railcard discount scheme to bring down costs
- Provide extra help for the new fire alarms now being required. Many families can’t afford hundreds of pounds for this right now
- Provide more funding for re-roofing, insulation and cladding work for both owners and tenants. I know of a number of places where residents are being asked to pay thousands of pounds for necessary fabric repairs like this which will stop dampness problems and bring down heating costs.
Bills are going through the roof with families having to choose between eating and heating. The Scottish Government are not doing enough to protect people from the worst of this crisis.”