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Martin Docherty-Hughes, SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire, has responded to the UK Chancellor’s statement on the cost-of-living crisis.

Commenting, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“I’ve spoken repeatedly in parliament about the worsening impact of the UK’s cost-of-living crisis in West Dunbartonshire. Far too many of my constituents have been forced to endure cold homes and turn to foodbanks due to the disregard this Westminster government has shown our communities.

“The SNP has been pressuring the UK government for months to act to ease the financial burden facing households. It’s shameful that it’s taken so long for the Chancellor to announce these measures, and many will question the timing to coincide with the release of the damning Sue Gray report into Partygate.

“Whilst the additional financial support coming to the hardest hit households is welcome, these one-off payments are a sticking plaster at best when we need long-term solutions to this poverty crisis.

“With Brexit exacerbating soaring food prices, energy bills due to rise again in October, and inflation at a 40 year high – families here still face enormous challenges to make ends meet.

“Scotland is an energy-rich country, but we’re paying a heavy price under Westminster rule.”

Scotland’s Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has warned more support will be needed for households and businesses as the cost-of-living crisis worsens – read more here.

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