30 November 2018

Scottish Labour activists will take to the streets this weekend campaigning against cuts to women’s services.

As part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign, party members will be holding streets stalls and door knocking sessions across Scotland.

Housing is a key factor of the campaign with the party pledging that the next Scottish Labour government will:

- Provide better housing for all, by building new council homes and controlling private rents.

- Ensure women and their families have safe and adequate homes, as well as, properly funded refuges and social care where and when needed.

- Invest in resources for women and families affected by domestic abuse including increasing dedicated services such as Women’s Aid.

The campaigning follows Scottish Labour’s first Women’s Conference with full policymaking powers last Saturday in Dunfermline.

The party is also pushing the Scottish Government to top up Child Benefit by £5 per week and end the two-child cap on tax credits as part of the Scottish budget.

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Equalities, Pauline McNeill said:

“Women are the majority users and providers of public services so we need a long term funding solution to stop the disproportionate impact cuts are having on women.

“Over the last year, several Scottish women’s services have reached breaking point, and the next Scottish Labour government will invest in more resources for women and families affected by domestic abuse.

"Scottish Labour will end the cuts and invest in local government, putting councils in a better position to fund Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis services.”

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

“We want to ensure affordable, accessible housing for all, not just a privileged few.

“Scottish Labour will introduce a Mary Barbour Law to make housing more affordable for the increasing number of families forced into the private rented sector."

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