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Nick Smith MP has warned that the Government are burying their heads in the sand as the Autumn Statement failed to address the impending food price hike.

The Blaenau Gwent MP has repeatedly pressed the Government on how the falling pound in the wake of the EU Referendum is threatening to drive up our shopping bills.

His campaigning was inspired in part by a visit to Rassau’s Zorba Foods, who are facing higher charges for their ingredients because of the change in the pound’s value.

Now the Office for Budget Responsibility, who provide forecasts following the Chancellor’s Budgets and Autumn Statement, have said they now expect food prices to climb after years of being kept down by low inflation.

It follows the Director General of the Food and Drink Federation’s comments that shoppers should expect a price hike at the tills of 5%-8%.

Speaking after the Autumn Statement, Mr Smith said people in Blaenau Gwent were being let down by a Government willing to wash their hands of the problem.

“With this Autumn statement, the Government are burying their heads in the sand about the impending price hikes set to hit our grocery bills”, he said.

“I asked the Government before this statement if they had made an assessment of how the falling value of the pound was going to hit food prices.

“They passed the buck to other offices who calculate inflation and forecasts.

“The Government must plan ahead and do all it can to restore confidence in our country’s future. It’s current shirking of this responsibility is shameful and is setting us up for long-term financial pain at the tills.”

Pain at the tills on the way – and the Government does nothing

Nick Smith MP has warned that the Government are burying their heads in the sand as the Autumn Statement failed to address the impending food price hike.

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Nick Smith MP has criticised the failures that have led to the electrification of the Cardiff-Swansea line being put under risk (click here)

Speaking after the NAO report into the project, Mr Smith said: 

“It is disgraceful that the delays and poor planning of this project have cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds and thrown parts of the line’s electrification into doubt.

“The Department’s £330m overspend could have covered a huge chunk of the £433m needed to fund the Cardiff to Swansea electrification.

“Now we are not only being told there is no firm date for that work, but also there needs to be an assessment of whether it will even now go ahead.

“The unrealistic and inaccurate planning of Network Rail has seen a vital project for some of the busiest lines in Britain spiral out of control.

“They have done a disservice to this bedrock of a service for South Wales. We need answers and assurances that they will now deliver and not abandon this important work.”

Nick Smith MP slams Great Western electrification report

Nick Smith MP has criticised the failures that have led to the electrification of the Cardiff-Swansea line being put under risk (click here)

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Nick Smith MP is backing the push for defibrillators in our communities after showing his support at a Westminster event.

As part of European Restart a Heart Day the Blaenau Gwent MP visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Parliament.

With local community efforts seeing the life saving kit cropping up in Blaenau Gwent schools and shopping centres, Mr Smith said he was proud to sign up as a Defibrillator Champion for the area.

“It is vital that we take action to prevent any loss of life where one can be saved,” he said.

“It was interesting to hear from the Foundation about how many lives have been saved, including a caretaker at a school who had only received the defibrillator two weeks earlier.

“I will be delighted to work as a Defibrillator Champion, saving lives is a legacy that we can all be proud of.”

The Oliver King Foundation setup following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every single week. Oliver was winning a swimming race at school.

In 2012 footballer Fabrice Muamba was shocked 16 times by a lifesaving defibrillator in front of the nation.

Early access to a defibrillator is vital. For every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by 10%.

Jake Morrison, Chief Executive of The Oliver King Foundation said: “We are delighted that Nick has signed up as a Defibrillator Champion. It is important that we spread awareness of the vital need for this equipment in our communities.

“Our Members of Parliament have a great platform and connection in their constituencies to spread this message.”

For more information contact The Oliver King Foundation on 01517283470 or email info@theoliverkingfoundation.co.uk

Keeping the heartbeat in our communities

Nick Smith MP is backing the push for defibrillators in our communities after showing his support at a Westminster event. As part of European Restart a Heart Day the Blaenau...


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