Christina McKelvie MSP, the SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, has urged the UK government to deliver a “robust and long-term plan” to protect businesses from the cost-of-living crisis, after a leading business expert described the Tories’ latest energy announcement as “economic vandalism”.

Craig Beaumont, Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), argued the announcement “won’t be material for those in serious trouble” and that the responsibility “lies firmly at the steps of 10 Downing Street.”
His comments come after the FSB revealed Britain’s small companies will only generate £47 a year in government support to help them with high energy bills. 
Commenting, Christina said:
“This analysis from a leading Businessman paints a glum picture for businesses in my constituency.
“The SNP is doing everything in our power to support businesses through the cost of living crisis. But, the Tory government in Westminster needs to follow our lead and stand up to support small, local businesses that are pivotal to the economic flourishment of constituencies like mine.
“Brexit, which Scotland voted overwhelmingly to avoid, has further created numerous staffing issues across many sectors. For as long as Scotland is shackled to Westminster, our businesses will continue to suffer.

“Only with the full powers of independence can we rid ourselves of this outdated, corrupt Westminster system, and properly protect businesses which are vital to Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse.”