21 May 2019

Commenting on the response to the Scottish Budget from the Poverty and Inequality Commission, Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality Elaine Smith MSP said:

“This report should be a stark wake up call to the SNP that their current level of spending to tackle poverty is falling well short of what is needed.

“The lack of ambition from Nicola Sturgeon and her Government is failing far too many struggling families, who need money in their pockets now.

“That’s why Scottish Labour wants to see an end to the two-child cap in tax credits and a £5 per week increase to Child Benefit, which would reduce some of the financial pressure on families and lift 30,000 children out of poverty.

“We already have the power to take these actions now, and make a difference to thousands of people across the country – but only Labour has the plan and the ambition to transform our economy in the interests of the many.”
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