Sturgeon tells Johnson: Stop talking and let us see action on cost of living

The Scottish First Minister said steps taken so far by the Prime Minister and his Government to assist households ‘fall way short of what is needed’.

Hannah Carmichael
Wednesday 11 May 2022 12:52
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged the UK Government to take more action to help families with the cost of living (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged the UK Government to take more action to help families with the cost of living (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Boris Johnson needs to “stop talking” and “let us see the action” in dealing with the cost-of-living crisis, Scotland’s First Minister has said.

Nicola Sturgeon said it is “not enough” for the Prime Minister to say Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech was about helping people to mitigate rising costs “when there was nothing in the speech that would actually deliver that”.

Speaking on Wednesday, Ms Sturgeon said the steps taken so far by the UK Government to assist households “fall way short of what is needed”.

She added: “There is an urgency here. People are struggling right now to feed their children, to heat their homes, and we know it’s going to get worse.”

The UK Government’s legislative plans were outlined in the Queen’s Speech (Alastair Grant/PA)

Mr Johnson has come under fire over a lack of short-term measures in the Queen’s Speech to help people facing soaring costs.

In response, he warned the Government cannot “completely shield” people from the rising cost of living.

But Ms Sturgeon suggested actions such as removing VAT from energy bills, increasing social security benefits and offering direct support to low-income households could be taken by the UK Government.

She added: “We’ve seen other governments across Europe take much more action, and of course at the start of the pandemic, we saw a scale of response that was necessary to help people at that point.

“That’s the scale of response that we need to see from Boris Johnson and (Chancellor) Rishi Sunak now.

“Stop talking about it, stop letting us hear the words about it, and let us see the action.”

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