Liberal Democrats across Bury are calling for more support for people in across the Borough to meet the growing cost of living crisis. We’re asking for your experience to see how price rises are affecting them and what support they need.
The cost of living rose by 5.1% between November 2020 and November 2021. It is now at its highest rate for 10 years.
With energy, fuel and food prices all rising – everyone in Bury has been affected in one way or another
• Household heating prices have soared since the Energy Price Cap was lifted in October. 15 million homes pay £139 more for their heating and this could increase further in the Spring.
• Supermarket food prices have risen by 1.1% – the biggest increase since the 2008 crash – while stock on the shelves is at its lowest point since 1983.
• Filling a tank of petrol is on average £12 more expensive than it was a year ago. Fuel is set to hit a record high in 2022.
This is a time when the Government should be giving people a helping hand -they are making life harder. They have increased National Insurance, cut Universal Credit and capped Pension rises so they don’t keep pace with wage increases.
To make matters worse the Labour Council bosses increased council tax by 4% last year, and will most likely do the same this year.
The Lib Dems would tackle the growing cost of living by taxing super-rich international companies, investing in green homes and green energy to cut fuel bills, and improving trade with Europe to cut food bills and tackle food shortages.
You can complete the Cost of Living survey here.