Plymouth & Far South West forgotten by this Government in the Budget

The below article was originally published in the Plymouth Herald.

I’m a natural optimist. We can and must be positive and ambitious for the future of Plymouth. But I was left disappointed by Wednesday’s Budget that saw a Conservative Chancellor out of ideas and making zero mention of investment in our city and next to nothing for the far South West.

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Inflation is hitting poorest families hardest

Today, the Office for National Statistics issued their latest inflation figures and it's not pretty reading if you live in a low or middle income household.

While inflation overall stayed at 3%, there are concerning trends beneath this headline figure. Food and drink prices increased at a worrying rate of 4.1%, hitting hardest those with least. The ONS said the bulk of the pressure on inflation last month came from vegetables - rising 5.7% on an annual basis.

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