”The government has finally woken up to the soaring cost of living which is good, but ordinary workers and families can’t afford more half-hearted, small measures. The €100 off electricity bills doesn’t go any way far enough when energy bills are up by a third”, according to Aaron Byrne, Labour Party Local Area Representative for Kells.

Byrne told Meat Live, ‘We need real and substantial action from the government, not the baby steps that they’ve been taking so far. We need big decisions on a VAT cut on energy and fuel. And we need increases to wages and social welfare payments”

”The €100 off electricity bills doesn’t go any way far enough when energy bills are up by a third.”

“Labour put forward a comprehensive plan to tackle rising prices. Grocery bills are through the roof, rent is at record levels and the cost of filling up is putting real pressure on family budgets. Without action by the government to cut VAT on energy and fuel, and inflation-busting pay increases it is ordinary working people who will lose out.”

“Last October Labour also called for a major expansion of eligibility in the fuel allowance. Only now are the government waking up to the crisis facing those on fixed incomes. The budget increases to the minimum wage and social welfare payments have already been eaten up by inflation, so they must be addressed now with increases that match the rise in the cost of living.

“When inflation increases, it hits those on the low and fixed incomes the hardest because they spend more of their wages on food and energy. The government is making windfall gains on VAT, companies are protecting their profits with price rises, but it is ordinary people who are expected to tighten their belts and not demand wage rises. Unless the government acts to protect people then the inevitable result is a price rise spiral.