Posted: Mon 4th Dec 2023

Jack Sargeant Column: UK Government failing to get a grip of big business profiteering

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Dec 4th, 2023

Alyn and Deeside MS Jack Sargeant writes a regular column on Deeside.com ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​ ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​​

This week Jack writes about big business profiteering during cost of living crisis: ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​​

“It is common knowledge that the UK Government caused an inflation crisis that has hit families in Alyn and Deeside hard.

“What is less widely talked about is their failure to get a grip on profiteering.

“This has driven inflation further and has seen hard pressed families further punished.

“Think about insurance prices.  Insurance is something none of us can do without and we have probably all been shocked when we have come to renew.

“I spoke to one resident whose car insurance quote was an additional £800 without a change in circumstances and with an additional year no claims.  The same can be said for house and contents insurance.

“Families can ill afford this hike and there is no justification for such rises beyond profiteering.

“The industry watchdogs the FCA recently reviewed 11 home and motor insurance firms and found that premiums were rising, and more claims were being rejected.

“It also found an increase in customers abandoning claims, probably because of the sheer amount of time they were taking to process.

“Insurance isn’t the only example of such practices.

“I read with real anger reports that makers of some popular food brands have raised prices by more than their costs over the past two years, according to the UK’s competition watchdog.

“This has pushed higher prices onto consumers for products like tinned food and even baby formula.

“So, claims from suppliers that they are doing all they can to keep prices down just don’t stack up.

“The UK Government needs to do more.

“They are the architects of this cost-of-living crisis; they must now protect us from profiteering and put consumers first.

“I will be asking Welsh Government ministers to use meetings they have with UK counterparts to make this point abundantly clear. ”

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