MACDONALD’S ANGER AS FIGURES SHOW 21% OF FALKIRK DISTRICT’S CHILDREN LIVE IN POVERTY
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:47
WESTMINSTER’S FAILURES ON CHILD POVERTY ‘A DISGRACE’
POWERS TO TACKLE POVERTY AND INEQUALITY SHOULD BE IN SCOTLAND’S HANDS
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has reacted angrily to a report which shows 21% of children in the Falkirk Council area are living in poverty.
The new report has highlighted the ‘disgraceful’ extent of child poverty in Scotland – and shows exactly why powers over the economy and welfare should be in Scotland’s hands, rather than Westminster’s.
The report by the Campaign to End Child Poverty confirms that one in five children in Falkirk district now live below the poverty line – with child poverty growing by three per cent in the last year as the impact of Westminster’s cuts agenda continues to hit families and communities across the country.
Today’s report follows on from previous figures showing that Westminster’s policies could force another 100,000 children in Scotland into poverty by 2020.
Commenting, Falkirk East’s SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“That one in five children live in poverty in a wealthy, energy rich country like Scotland is nothing short of scandalous. We’re one of the richest countries on earth and yet thousands of children grow up in poverty and inequality continues to grow – this is an unacceptable and unsustainable state of affairs that is only worsening as Westminster’s austerity agenda continues to hit.
“This is exactly why the powers to tackle poverty and inequality should be in Scotland’s hands rather than in the hands of a distant Westminster establishment which is engaged in a systematic and relentless attack on the poor.
“With substantial economic and welfare powers in Scotland’s hands we can take strong action to replace poverty with opportunity and to replace austerity with prosperity – ensuring that every child in Scotland has the same opportunities in life regardless of their background and that Scotland’s wealth is reinvested for the benefit of everyone who lives here.
“For too long poverty has been accepted as an inevitability by Westminster - while Tory and Labour politicians choose to spend tens of billions of pounds on nuclear weapons while cutting the services ordinary people rely on and attacking the welfare state.
“The fact that Tory conference cheered as George Osborne announced his latest round of cuts which will hit working families is a chilling reminder of the attitude of the Westminster parties to social justice – the race to the right between Labour and the Tories amounts to nothing less than a shameless and sustained attack on the poor.”