Chris Evans MP challenged the Prime Minister today during PMQs on the country’s dependence on local government to fund support for people through the cost-of-living crisis. The Islwyn MP praised Caerphilly County Borough Council for the £3 million Cost of Living hardship fund dedicated to helping residents cope during this difficult time.
The Council’s proposals include opening more food banks, leisure centres offering free or low-cost gym and swimming sessions and community hubs will be set- up a local response to the cost-of-living crisis.
During PMQs, Mr Evans also emphasised how the Government’s economic mismanagement over the last 12 years has left local Governments to pick up the pieces of Tory failure. With rising inflation, the ongoing energy crisis and food drink prices at their highest in 45 years, the situation is set to get worse.
Last month the Trade Union Congress found that 1 in 5 people in Islwyn have missed a meal or gone without food during this crisis.
Chris Evans MP asked the Prime Minister:
‘Caerphilly County Borough Council recently announced a £3 million Cost of Living hardship fund to help those in Islwyn and across our borough who are most in need.
Does the Prime Minister think it’s right that local authorities are forced to cover the costs of this Government’s 12 years of economic mismanagement?’
You can find more information on Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cost of Living hardship fund and other support here: https://caerphilly.gov.uk/cost-of-living-support