Call for cost of living budget to address cost spiral

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Roscommon-Galway TD Claire Kerrane has called on the government to ensure the upcoming 2023 budget addresses the cost of living crisis.

This renewed call follows data from the CSO which showed that food and electricity prices have risen further this summer.

July’s Wholesale Price Index (WPI) indicates that prices continued to climb last month, propelled by sharply rising energy costs. This added extra costs to energy-intensive activities like milking and manufacturing.

Speaking today, Deputy Kerrane said reports that households are expected to expect higher prices for staples like fish and dairy over the next few weeks are cause for serious concern.

She said families and workers are already under severe pressure with the cost of living crisis, and further price hikes will only add to that pressure.

“Prices are skyrocketing and people are understandably very anxious. They watch their bills arrive, not knowing how they are going to pay them.

“These new data re-emphasize the need for a budget that supports households with the soaring cost of living.”

Sinn Féin TD said next month’s budget announcement must provide a well-deserved break for households who are crippled by these costs.

“It’s urgent. People can’t keep waiting for the government to act.

“We recognize that government cannot do everything. However, as I have said many times, there is absolutely more they can do to support families and workers.

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