Blackford calls for emergency cash help for struggling families

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Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has called on the UK government to introduce an emergency financial package to help families cope with the growing cost of living crisis.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions last week, the SNP Westminster Leader cited new research from the Resolution Foundation showing that, on average, families will be £1,200 worse off from April, which he said would be a ‘catastrophic’ blow to millions of households.

Warning that 2022 will be the ‘year of the squeeze’ for family budgets, he called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take urgent action, with an emergency financial package to support families, including introducing a UK-wide child payment of £20 per child per week, and an energy payment for low income households.

Mr Blackford said that, over Christmas, serious warnings have grown over what he called the ‘Tory cost of living crisis’, which he claimed will hit the majority of families this year.

‘For members of the Tory government, £1,200 might not seem like very much. For the Foreign Secretary, it’s just another taxpayer-funded lunch in Mayfair. For the Prime Minister, it’s just a roll of fancy wallpaper for his taxpayer-funded flat,’ Mr Blackford commented.

‘But for the vast majority of families, losing £1,200 a year will be catastrophic. For some, it will mean they can’t afford to pay their rent and bills, heat their homes, or put food on the table.’

Mr Blackford then called on Mr Johnson to match efforts by the Scottish Government in Edinburgh and introduce a £20 child payment across the UK, plus other measures including an energy payment for low income households.