Is Enough Enough?

Please see the report of this meeting:

Are you concerned about how the costs of heating your home, paying for petrol / diesel, putting food on the table, running a business are going to pan out this coming winter, into 2023 and possibly beyond? You are not alone.

In the first of its autumn series of public meetings, postponed from its original date of September 19th, Liberal Vannin is hosting a public discussion on the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ facing us all.

This public meeting will now be held at 7.30pm on Monday, October 24th at the Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas. All are welcome.

Liberal Vannin Chair, Paul Weatherall, will chair the discussion and has invited the following panel of speakers to lead the debate and present their perspective:

Dr. Alex Allinson, Treasury Minister, MHK for Ramsey

Don Bailey, Director for Housing Matters

Claire Christian, MHK for Douglas South and Chair of the Economic Policy Review Committee

Neal Mellon, Isle of Man Food Bank

Frank Schuengel, Douglas Councillor and Administrator of IoM Cost of Living Advice and Help Facebook Group

We are delighted that Alex Allinson and Don Bailey have agreed to be on the panel. They were unavailable for the original date. Sadly though, Barry Murphy is on holiday on this occasion and won’t be taking part.

Announcing the meeting, Paul Weatherall, Liberal Vannin Chair said:

“We all realise that the cost of living pressures we face are predominantly global in nature and are of uncertain duration. The tragic and totally unnecessary war in Ukraine is a key driver, but we are also on a journey of transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and climate change is putting increasing pressure on food supply. The Isle of Man government has stepped up to provide a package of measures and has indicated that these will be kept under review. Liberal Vannin welcomes that, but has called this public meeting to discuss how adequate these measures are, to identify groups that may fall through the net and consider further measures that may be needed over the coming months and year.”