COST OF LIVING: Disproportionate effect on those who are already living in poverty

 By Bill Heaney

A report from Nourish Scotland has uncovered a dignity gap relating to the cost of living crisis for hard-pressed families.

“The research explains how many families have been compelled to select the cheapest food and drink that is available, rather than the products that they would prefer to choose but cannot afford,” SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor told the Scottish Parliament.

He added: “That is described as a dignity gap. Does the First Minister share my view that it is disgraceful that families who are living in a country of such abundant wealth are forced to make such sacrifices?”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pictured left, told him: “Yes, I share that concern. The cost of living crisis is, of course, affecting everyone, but it is having a disproportionate effect on those who are already living in poverty.

“That is why the Scottish Government is taking the range of action that it is taking, including the Scottish child payment, for example.

“I call on the United Kingdom Government to provide more help to those who are most in need, and to do so urgently.”

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