Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has expressed concern at the cost-of-living crisis faced by ordinary people in Caerphilly, as well as the rest of the UK.
Rising food and fuel prices have been exacerbated by the decisions made by Boris Johnson and the Conservative Government, and the help on offer for people who are struggling has been “too little, too late”, says Wayne David. Many are having to choose between heating or eating, with the Food Foundation thinktank finding that more than two million adults in the UK have gone without food for at least one day this April.
Last week, the Chancellor made another major U-turn, finally agreeing to implement a windfall tax on the profits of oil and gas companies. Whilst this will create short-term cash for those who need help with their energy bills, it is a policy which Labour has been calling for for the last five months. The Conservatives are not treating the cost-of-living crisis with the seriousness that it deserves.
In Wales, the Welsh Government is helping people with the cost-of-living crisis through a £150 payment for those in Council Tax bands A-D and a discretionary fund for those in bands E-F. They have also doubled the Winter Fuel Payment and are offering a £500 payment for unpaid carers. In Gwent, the Aneurin Bevan Health Board have created a webpage to provide information on the support available, as well as advice for people who are experiencing mental health problems as a result of the cost-of-living crisis.
Wayne David MP said “The cost-of-living crisis is extremely concerning. I know that some of my constituents are feeling overwhelmed, worrying about paying their bills or wondering how they will pay for their groceries. I have had constituents crying on the phone to me worrying themselves sick about the situation. For those experiencing difficulties, I would encourage them to visit the Aneurin Bevan Health Board website where they can find information, support and advice. They can also get in contact with the Caerphilly Cares team, whose details can be found on this site too”.
The link to this information can be found below.