Plaid Cymru’s Peredur Owen Griffiths has urged the Welsh Government to help tackle the looming cost-of-living crisis.
The Member of the Senedd for South Wales East spoke during a Plaid Cymru debate which called on the Welsh Government to ‘publish an emergency cost-of-living action plan to tackle the pressures caused by the twin problems of surging costs and stagnating wages.’
Due to the removal of the government energy price cap in April and then again in October, predictions are that the average energy bill will climb to around 75 per cent above current prices.
Peredur said: “It is not possible to overstate the hardship and devastation this will cause to so many families in our communities. Many people are in a precarious financial position as things stand; they can ill afford what is set to hit us this year.”
He added that waiting for the Tory Westminster Government to act in a positive manner to the cost-of-living crisis was futile.
“While millions of people worry about how they will be able to afford their utility bills over the next 12 months,” said Peredur “the lack of a cohesive answer from the UK Government over the looming cost-of-living crisis is unacceptable.
“If they devoted as much time and effort into tackling the cost-of-living crisis as they do organising lockdown-busting parties, we would be in a better position.”
He added: “We cannot wait for action from a Government in London that is so out of touch with people from working-class communities.
“If anybody thinks there is a political will within No. 10 Downing Street to deliver for ordinary people living in Wales, then they haven't been paying much attention to history.
“People in Wales need help and reassurances, and they need them soon. I urge Government to act swiftly.”
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