Hypocritical Labour vote against jobs and apprentices
Thursday, 10 February 2011 16:42
SNP hit campaign running as Labour get it wrong again
25,000 Apprenticeships, jobs package and council tax freeze will make Scotland better
Labour have put themselves on the wrong side of the Scottish people with a hypocritical vote against apprenticeships and support for jobs in Scotland’s budget said Scotland’s Deputy First Minister and the SNP’s Depute Leader Nicola Sturgeon as the SNP issued a new campaign card (attached) for the election.
Labour today voted against the introduction of a record 25,000 apprenticeships for Scotland's young people, £10 million for young people to work with the voluntary sector and a further £10 million to help small business create jobs despite arguing for more support for jobs. On top of that Labour voted against £15 million to help the poorest students through additional college bursaries.
As the SNP took the party’s latest campaign card to commuters at Scotland’s major train stations promoting key achievements in today’s budget such as funding the abolition of prescription charges in April Ms Sturgeon said Labour’s failure to put the people of Scotland before petty politics was nothing but irresponsible hypocrisy.
SNP Depute leader and Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“Labour have put themselves on the wrong side of the Scottish people. Labour have voted against a record 25,000 apprenticeships for Scotland’s young people and against £20million of investment in jobs.
“This is nothing but irresponsible political hypocrisy from Labour and they will rightly be held to account by Scotland’s electorate.
“Over four years the SNP has shown we can work with all parties to deliver a council tax freeze for Scottish families, 1000 additional police on our streets and the small business bonus for Scotland’s businesses.
"Today the SNP in Government has backed Scotland's apprentices with 25,000 places and our students with college bursaries.
“And while the SNP campaign is up and running on a record of achievement for Scotland Labour are in complete disarray. No Labour party MSP or candidate can claim to support jobs, young people, businesses or families when they have a record of voting against these key decisions.
“Labour have even voted against extending the Living Wage.
“Scotland’s electorate now know that it is only the SNP that will help Scotland's young people get the jobs and training they deserve, help businesses out of the recession, protect the NHS budget and abolish prescription charges.
“In May voters will have a choice between a responsible experienced government that has produced a budget that works for Scotland to protect jobs, public services and family budgets with the SNP or a hypocritical Labour party putting political opposition before the people of Scotland."
Labour have voted against:
· Invest a further £11.5 million to create 25,000 modern apprenticeship places - a record high for Scotland
· Abolition of prescription charges and the Council tax freeze;
· Continuing Small Business Bonus Scheme;
· Invest an additional £15 million across 2010-11 and 2011-12 in funding for college bursaries;
· 1,000 additional police officers;
· £10 million support for SME employment creation – focused on new starts, sole traders and small firms to take on new employees by assisting with employment and recruitment costs and assist with exports
· Provide 7,000 flexible training opportunities for SMEs - 2,000 more than originally planned in the draft Budget
· Invest £8 million to provide enough funding for an extra 1,200 college places
· Maintain educational grants (EMAs) for pupils and college students most in need which were cut south of the border;
· Extending the Living Wage of £7.15 to all agencies the Government is responsible for and Scotland's NHS.
· Guarantee a probation place for every newly-qualified teacher and provide enough teaching jobs for every post-probationer in 2011-12;
· New Early Years and Early Intervention Fund, with start-up funding of £5 million;
· £2m Freight Facilities Grant;
· £1m Post office Diversification Scheme;
· £12.5 million for Urban Regeneration Companies – increase of £6 million on the Draft budget;
· £16 million further investment in Housing;
· Protect Health Spending and continue provisions for free personal care;
· £2.5 billion infrastructure investment programme;
· Infrastructure Commitments such as the new Forth crossing, New South Glasgow Hospitals project and school building programme
· £70 million Renewables Infrastructure Fund – over four years;
· £48 million support for energy assistance package and Home Insulation Scheme.
All this done in spite of £1.3 billion in cuts started under Labour.