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Plaid Cymru accuse ‘out of touch’ Tories of failing to tackle soaring food prices

24 May 2023 2 minute read
Liz Saville Roberts criticised the UK Government for falling behind European partners

Plaid Cymru has accused “out of touch” Tories of falling behind on European partners after failing to tackle soaring food prices.

Plaid Cymru Westminster leader, Liz Saville Roberts MP, has today (24 May) urged the UK Government to do more to tackle food inflation.

Ms Saville Roberts accused the UK Government of allowing a “greedflation” crisis to worsen, as supermarkets continue to make “sky-high profits”.

During a questioning session with the Secretary of State for Wales, David TC Davies MP, Ms Saville Roberts pointed out that European governments are taking more action to address the significant increase in food prices, while the UK Government is falling behind.

France has negotiated an agreement with supermarkets, ensuring a range of items are offered at the lowest possible prices.

Spain, along with several other countries, has reduced the value added tax (VAT) on food.

Countries in central Europe, such as Hungary and Croatia have implemented measures to limit the cost of essential goods, aimed at protecting the most vulnerable households.

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Speaking in the House of Commons, Liz Saville Roberts MP said: “Food inflation remains above 19% – and it hits the poorest hardest, with the Trussell Trust warning that the past year saw a record 185,000 food parcels provided in Wales.

“Meanwhile supermarkets continue to make record-breaking profits – many speak of a ‘greedflation’ crisis.

“European governments have negotiated with supermarkets to cap food prices. Why won’t his government do this too?”

The Secretary of State responded: “In addition to the pensions and benefits rising with inflation, there are payments of £900 to those on benefits, £300 to pensions, £150 to those in households with disabilities.”

Speaking after the session, Liz Saville Roberts MP added: “The Tories are completely out of touch and have no understanding of the burden imposed by skyrocketing food prices on households.

“Supermarkets are continuing to make sky-high profits, yet they are permitted to charge exorbitant prices for essential goods. While other European countries are actively addressing food inflation and exploitative pricing, UK government ministers are sitting on their hands.

“The UK Government must urgently take decisive action to ensure that inflation is not exploited by supermarkets as an excuse for excessive profiteering.”


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John Hammond
John Hammond
8 months ago

Well, as long as the prices of caviar, champagne and foie gras don’t increase too much, why should the Tories care?

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