MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, Mhairi Black, is calling on the UK Government to do more to honour low paid workers who have been working on the frontline throughout the pandemic.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) reported this week that two thirds of people expressed that the cost of living has increased in the past month and a third of people in the UK are worried about energy bills according to Yougov data.

The UN has previously condemned the UK Government’s welfare policies and several experts and charities also warned the UK government last year against cutting £20 from people’s Universal Credit payments.

The SNP’s Mhairi Black highlighted that `an array of measures’ are needed to assist working families that are finding themselves in poverty and struggling to pay bills. The Renfrewshire MP went on to say that the least the UK Government could do is ‘show some appreciation’ for low paid workers in Renfrewshire.

Mhairi Black MP said: “The UK Government needs to introduce an array of measures to stop even more people in Renfrewshire from falling deeper into poverty. First of all, they need to reverse the £20 cut to Universal Credit, they need to introduce a low – income energy support package and they also need to raise the minimum wage to the £9.90 real living wage.

“Every single one of us has had to rely on low paid workers through the global pandemic. Whether that’s our supermarket workers, our workers in the hospitality industry, our bus and delivery drivers, our cleaners or any of the people working on a frontline service over the last 20 months while everyone else worked from home. They are heroes that have put their health at risk to make sure we could all stay safe.

“The least the UK Government could do is honour them in some way. Raising wages would be a start but at least show some appreciation for the people that have kept us going, instead they are punishing them.”

“While Boris Johnson has BYOB parties in Downing Street and gets his house decorated on tax payers money, the people working minimum wage are putting their health at risk every single day.

“They are rotten to the core in Westminster and the sooner we are free of this union as an independent country the sooner people won’t have to worry about how they are going to eat and heat their homes when they get home from work.”