Westminster's cost of living crisis will cause thousands of premature deaths

The UK's cost of living crisis will cause thousands of premature deaths, a new report has said.

The report, published by the British Medical Journal, revealed premature deaths - people dying before they reach 75 - will rise 6.5% this year due to the cost of living crisis, with 30 extra deaths per 100,000 people.

Commenting, the SNP's social Justice spokesperson, David Linden MP said:

"This report lays bare the human cost of Westminster's economic and social recklessness.

"The consequences outlined in this report of the Tories' mini budget, a hardline Brexit which Labour supports, and thirteen years of brutal austerity, should send shockwaves through Westminster.

"Westminster created the cost of living crisis but it is households and working families in Scotland who are paying the price.

"The Tories haven't offered nearly enough support to help tackle soaring energy bills, food costs and mortgage payments. While all Labour can muster is an offer of the status quo and a continuation of the Tories cruel austerity agenda. That is simply not good enough.

"Westminster is broken - to fully repair our economy, and build a fairer country where families are better protected with the support they deserve, Scotland needs the full powers of independence."

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