Stockport Lib Dems call for urgent action on the cost of living crisis

At last night’s meeting of Stockport Council, the Liberal Democrats successfully called for urgent support for residents facing an unprecedented cost of living crisis.

All councillors on the Council eventually voted together to support the Lib Dem motion calling for measures including a reinstatement of the pensions triple lock and a windfall tax on electricity generators, as well as seeking to freeze council tax next year.

However a Conservative “wrecking amendment” was tabled but this was roundly dismissed as nothing short of political game playing and negligent by parties across the chamber.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Tom Morrison, parliamentary spokesperson for Cheadle, said: “I’m glad the council could come together on this issue. The cost of living crisis is now an emergency and it’s vital that Stockport Council uses all its power to support those that need help. Whilst the Conservative government continues to fail our communities, the Liberal Democrats have stood up and once again delivered for our residents.”

Cllr Lisa Smart, parliamentary spokesperson for Hazel Grove, added: “Breaking their manifesto pledge of honouring the pensions triple lock means the Conservative government have kept over £11m from retired residents across Stockport at a time when food and fuel bills are soaring. We must do all we can to support our residents of all ages and ensure real actions are taken. The government must urgently focus on this and not their own, internal problems.”

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