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Inflation rise: the government must help people cope

Citizens Advice Scotland have called for assurances from the government that people on low incomes will get help to cope with the rising cost of living.

As inflation rises to 5.2%, government sources have been quoted today saying that benefits may not be increased accordingly.

CAS Head of Policy Susan McPhee said,

“With so many people struggling just to get through the week, the news of a further rise in inflation will come as a hammer blow – particularly to those on the lowest incomes, like pensioners, unemployed people and many families with young children.

“People who rely on benefits are already living from hand to mouth, and finding it hard to pay the basic household bills. They need to know today that they will continue to get the support they need, and won’t be left even worse off.

“We urge the government to make absolutely clear today that benefits will be up-rated as expected. That’s the very least that they can do to support the many people who are really struggling.”

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