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'Driving up real poverty' BBC audience member rages at SNP over uncontrolled bills

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A BBC’s Debate Night audience member shared his concerns with an SNP MSP over Scots facing deepening poverty due to the energy price hike, and the increase in national insurance. An increase of up to 70 percent is expected to hit Scots in April, the audience member told the panel that he and his partner, even with two incomes could not afford the hike. The audience member also questioned why Scots were facing such poverty whilst living in one of the richest countries in the world.

The audience member said: “Just a real-life example, we received an email from our energy provider yesterday telling us that in April our bills are going up by 70 percent.

“This is real and it’s just around the corner, we’re a dual-income household and we can just about afford that.

“This is going to drive people into real poverty and it’s been estimated that the standard of living is going to be the lowest it’s been in 30 years.

“We’re one of the richest countries in the world, how is this happening?”

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Many SNP MPs have been criticised for not backing a vote for windfall taxes to be paid by wealthy energy companies instead of increasing ordinary citizens’ bills.

As the increase in prices is affecting, the poorest in society the most.

The cost of living increase seems to have increased inflation, many financial experts have warned banks like the Bank of England will have to increase interest rates over the course of the year.

Legal & General Mortgage Club director Kevin Roberts spoke exclusively with the Express: “Although inflation has put growing pressure on the cost of living and house prices continue to reach record highs, there are still reasons to be optimistic about the UK housing market.

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Mr Roberts added: “It is no surprise the Tories have sided with big business, but it’s incredibly disappointing the SNP has decided to do the same.

“Labour’s plan to tackle energy bills would save £200 for most households in Scotland and £600 for the 815,000 households hardest hit by the cost of living crisis.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, like First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, refused to back the windfall tax on energy companies.

Instead, Rishi Sunak and Finance Secretary Katye Forbes announced financial aid schemes to help those most affected.



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