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County Cllr demands urgent action on Cost-of-living Crisis

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Cllr Julie Gibson

“This is a “bread and butter” issue that will only get worse”

County Cllr Julie Gibson has joined businesses and Trade Unions calling on the Chancellor to address the rising cost-of-living-crisis in his Spring Statement due on 23rd March. The move comes amid concerns that any package will fail to match the urgency of the cost-of-living crisis, with the chancellor suspected to be holding back big measures for the autumn Budget or squirrelling away cash for pre-election tax cuts.

Cllr Gibson said: “When businesses and unions are raising concerns together, this signals a warning about how serious the issue is. The British Chambers of Commerce said this week that the next few weeks are “crunch time” for businesses and that announcements in the Statement will make the difference for some between thriving and going under. At the same time the TUC have described the Spring Statement as a “moment of truth” and have called on the chancellor to use a windfall tax on North Sea oil and gas companies to fund a generous package of support for families and businesses.”

Cllr Gibson said: “Over the last 14 years we have had the longest squeeze on wages for two hundred years, and we are now seeing energy bills rising at 14 times the pace of wages. Voters are “living in fear” as they see eye-watering rises in the cost of everything from gas and electricity to council tax, to filling their cars and the weekly shop.

“This is a real “bread and butter” issue that has been developing over a number of years and has been acerbated by the war in Ukraine. Working families have sacrificed so much, through austerity and then through the pandemic, they must not pay the price again. This may no longer be a choice between “heating” and “eating” many people can no longer afford both. I urge the Chancellor to think again and deliver a Spring Statement that support business, consumers and families.”

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