The UK Government’s Queen’s Speech, read by the Prince of Wales, was slammed as “an insult” by Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP, Gavin Newlands.

The SNP man said the government’s programme was a “lost opportunity” to try and tackle the cost of living crisis hitting households hard.

With the Bank of England forecasting inflation could hit double figures later this year, and energy costs forecast to grow again in October, there was little in the way of cheer for hard-pressed families in the speech.

Instead the speech focused on plans to privatise government assets and repeal human rights legislation from the statute books.

The speech was read by the Prince of Wales as the monarch missed the state opening of Parliament for for the first time in almost 60 years as she continues to experience “episodic mobility problems”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government cannot “completely shield” people from spiralling costs with inflation.

Inflation is expected set to hit a 40-year high later this years and no immediate extra help for households was announced.

In the speech, the UK government highlighted the £22 billion package that we already know about.

Mr Newlands said: “This Queen’s Speech was a lost opportunity for the UK Government and quite frankly an insult to the millions of households who are doing their best to deal with the worst cost of living crisis in five decades.

“With the Bank of England now forecasting inflation hitting over 10% later year, the price of everything from food to fuel is skyrocketing, yet the focus of Boris Johnson and his cabal seems to be selling off Channel 4 to their pals in the City of London and stripping us all of our basic human rights.

“Energy bills are due to soar yet again in October, yet the main energy proposals are about heat pumps.

“That simply isn’t good enough and is certain to plunge even more families and households into fuel poverty and put an even greater stranglehold on our economy and our society.”

He added: “Meanwhile the cruel and inhumane social security system run by the UK Government remains untouched, our sick and disabled people treated appallingly by Department of Work and Pensions more interested in saving pennies rather than supporting those who need our help.

“No wonder the UK is seen as the sick man of Europe by our overseas allies, a mixture of pity and despair as they watch the country sink further into the mess created by the Prime Minister and his chums.

“It’s time we had a government in Edinburgh with the full powers of independence, ready to meet the challenges of the coming decades with real action, not more pomp, ceremony and hot air at the heart of Westminster.”