Reacting to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement Kenny MacAskill MP said:
“The poor are paying the price for the follies of Tory elites. The offerings announced today remain inadequate to address the harm already done with much worse to come.
“The failure to fully compensate families facing soaring energy prices is a shameful betrayal of fuel poor Scots. When Scotland has abundant energy resources and is already self-sufficient in renewables for electricity it is clear that it doesn’t have to be this way.
“The increase in energy support for off gas grid households, who rely on unregulated fuels for domestic heating, remains pitiful and inadequate. In addition the failure to compel energy companies to introduce a social tariff for low income households and to end the higher tariffs for Pre-Payment Meter (PPM) customers will result in greater hardship for families in real need this Winter.
“The Chancellor has fallen well short on energy support for families facing soaring energy hikes by increasing the price cap for an average household to £3,000 but he also failed to announce the zero rate for VAT on domestic fuel
pledged by the Prime Minister during the Tory leadership election.
“People will breath a sigh of relief that their benefits will rise in line with inflation and that the triple lock will be maintained for pensioners, as called for by ALBA, but the UK state pension remains at the bottom of the European league table.
“Scotland is a world leader in affordable, green energy with a talented and educated workforce but we are being held back within Bankrupt Britain. We need to escape the sinking ship of the stagnant UK economy and steer a better and fairer course. Enough is Enough. It’s time for Independence.”
You can watch my question to the Chancellor here: