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the two governments of Cotland in Holyrood and Westminster both “exacerbate the cost of living crisis” Work claimed.

Secretary of Shadow of Scotland Jan Murray blamed both SNP Government of Scotland and the UK Conservative government is not doing enough to help with the rising cost of living as it has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to “act now”.

But the SNP defended its record for “softening” cuts north of the border, and accused the Scottish Office of “not lifting a finger” to help the Scots.

South Edinburgh MP Murray told the Commons: “Inflation is at its 40-year high, but in fact, according to the Institute for Fiscal Research, it is much higher today for most households. The weekly shop, the electricity bills, the petrol for the cars, the taxes, are all growing to such an extent that another 150,000 Scots are unable to pay their bills today.

In Scotland, two governments are making decisions that are exacerbating the cost of living crisis

“In 2022, too many children go to bed hungry or cold, or both. The Chancellor continues to say he is ready to act, but refuses the emergency budget. His actions have so far raised taxes to the highest level in 70 years and reduced living standards by the largest amount since the 1950s.

Ridiculed by the SNP, he added: “In Scotland, two governments are making decisions that are exacerbating the cost of living crisis. So can the Secretary of State tell us what he is doing to get the Chancellor to act if he is not acting now? ”

Scottish Minister Ian Stewart replied: “This issue is not exclusively for the United Kingdom. I have already stated that the Chancellor has supported the people of this country for 22 billion pounds, he is very closely monitoring the situation and will intervene if necessary. “

Scotland SNP spokesman Mhairi Black said: “Let me say that the Scottish Government has already spent more than £ 1 billion to mitigate the worst Tory cuts. We are investing £ 770 million a year in the cost of living crisis, we are increasing Scottish benefits by 6%, doubling Scottish child benefits, easing the bedroom tax.

“Doesn’t he agree that it’s time for his department to lift a finger?”

Mr Stewart replied: “My department is providing the Scottish Government with a record level of support – £ 41 billion. This helps them to follow the policy to which it refers.

The advantage of Brexit is that now we can decide how to spend that money. Now we control that money. But the amount of money in general has not decreased

“It could have done more if they hadn’t spent hundreds of millions of pounds on ferries that aren’t working, or the first minister on a tour to revive independence in the United States.”

Elsewhere in the debate, Scottish Minister Alistair Jack said that Scotland’s overall funding, as Britain moves from the EU’s Structural Funds to the UK’s Common Welfare Fund, has not been cut.

SNP MP Kirsten Oswald (East Renfrewshire) claimed that Scotland had been “temporarily changed due to the loss of EU funding”, but Mr Jack replied that the new funding was “declining” with EU structural funds.

He added: “The advantage of Brexit is that now we can decide how to spend that money. Now we control that money. But in general, the amount of money has not decreased in any way. “

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/ian-murray-snp-scottish-government-labour-westminster-b1000822.html

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