Inflation is at a 30-year high, reaching 5.5 percent in January, and Bank of England Forecast Suggests that it still has some way to go, which could lead to another rise in interest rates and a rise in mortgages.
But finance secretary Kate Forbes looks calm in the face of an impending storm. Even his recent budget speech on fighting morning sickness is a feat that most of us who still remember feeling nauseous and light-headed can appreciate.
Really, Ms. Forbes. I’m not a fan of Guigliano, but at the moment he’s right. The Scottish Government recently received £ 290 million from Chancellor Rishi Sink to address the cost of living. The cash was in response to the UK government’s eye-popping rise in energy prices, which will see an increase of around £ 700 in domestic bills from 1 April.
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To cope with this unprecedented increase, all but the richest members of society will have to fortify their rooms, but for many Scottish families it will not be a matter of choice as to how many degrees they turn off their thermostat, but their own. Between heating the house or eating. That is the reality of poverty.
Forbes could take the windfall of the sink and do something revolutionary with it – protect the poor. The Scottish Government has thousands of well-paid, well-educated government employees whose job description policy is to be developed. in fact, New Permanent Secretary, John Paul Marks – or JP as he likes to be known – is one of the UK’s leading policy experts in the design of benefits.
Forbes could have assembled a policy team under JP’s watchful eye, instructed them to work with the Poverty Alliance as well as external experts such as energy firms, and asked them to come up with a plan. Which provides adequate protection to the most vulnerable Scots.
I have worked with policy officials who have been given short deadlines to draft complex policies. If his minister’s demands need to be met, he will work 18 hours a day. I have no doubt that if Forbes had voluntarily asked for a Scottish scheme, the Civil Service would have developed a working scheme.
Scottish Labor even offered it for free. His plan was to pay £ 400 each in council tax deductions, pension credits, children’s winter warm-up assistance or a supplement to the care allowance, and came up with £ 238 million, giving Forbes other measures. I left £ 52 million to invest in, such as the Fuel Insecurity Fund.
Instead, he took the easy route and imitated the Tory Chancellor, announcing a کونسل 150 council tax deduction for all households living in the band AD Properties, as well as for each receiving a council tax reduction. About three-quarters (73%) of the Scots will benefit from the generosity of Sink and Forbes, which may well reward them in the May council elections, but it will do nothing to address inequality.
A cursory look at homes for sale in Edinburgh’s Morning Side, one of the most expensive areas in the country, reveals a main entrance flat for an offer of over £ 279,000. The council is in tax band C, which means the new owner of the much-needed residence will receive the same کی 150 discount as those living on the minimum wage in a socially rented flat in Westerhales on the outskirts of the city. Equivalent to a family of four.
The Scottish Government’s decision to close its Tory counterparts reflects the SNP’s conservative approach to public finances.
Forbes and its boss Nicola Sturgeon, and earlier Alex Salmond, did not join the government to change Scottish society. His priority has never been to use the remarkable powers of redistribution of wealth or the settlement of the 1999 transfer to Westminster in a different way. Their main – some will argue ان their only priority is to use the machinery of g
overnment to persuade the Scots to leave the UK.
That is why the main purpose of their policy measures is for Middle Scotland, which includes everything from council tax frozen (raised only this year) to free prescriptions and any university to satisfy these families. No tuition fees have been made to satisfy these families at the cost of freedom
But we live in an unprecedented age. A generation of Scots, too young to remember the dark days of the 1970s when inflation was above 20%, or in the early 80’s and 90’s when the base interest rate was 10%. There was more, a financial tsunami. Increasing energy bills, rising food prices and their rent or mortgage payments, as well as increasing council taxes.
When he set his budget, Forbes had a chance to show some real leadership. With a little imagination and considerable brain power from the Scottish Civil Service, she could come up with a scheme that would provide a lifeline for extremely vulnerable families.
Instead, he sought leadership from the Tory Chancellor. Hardly any independent politician’s deeds.