24 October 2018

Only a radical Scottish Labour government will use Holyrood’s powers to tackle poverty and inequality to ensure our society works for the many.

Labour’s spokesperson for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality, Elaine Smith MSP, will lead a debate at Holyrood to highlight the party’s radical agenda to fight poverty in our communities.

The debate comes just a day before the Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes a report which is expected to show that very little progress has been made in the last three years on ending inequalities in our society.

Despite being in power for more than a decade, the SNP’s reluctance to fully use the Parliament’s powers has resulted in inequality being further entrenched in our society with life expectancy rates falling for the first time in decades and at least 94 rough sleepers dying on our streets in the last 12 months.

Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality, Elaine Smith MSP, said:

“It is a national scandal that in the second decade of the 21st century Scotland’s communities are still blighted by poverty.

“For the first time in 35 years the life expectancy of men and women in this country fell whilst at least 94 people homeless on our streets died in the last year. Added to this is the shocking figure of one in four Scottish children living in poverty with many of them in working households. This is a sign of a political and economic system that is failing the poor.

“After more than a decade in power the SNP have run out of ideas and are now running scared of using Holyrood’s powers to the full.

“A radical Scottish Labour government will use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to fight poverty and inequality.

“Only Labour will ensure our society works for the many, not the few.”



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