Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has expressed her worries for residents in East Kilbride and across Scotland following a speech by Labour Leader Ed Miliband, which signalled a commitment to continue the Welfare Reforms currently being imposed by the Conservative Lib Dem coalition government in Westminster.
“This speech from the Labour Leader had made it clear Labour do not intend to undo the misery the current Welfare Reforms are causing people in my constituency and across Scotland.
“As well as refusing to state if he would get rid of the iniquitous Bedroom Tax and protect people’s homes, Mr Miliband has said that parts of the country with lower housing costs could face lower welfare caps under a Labour government at Westminster! On top of that he also said that those in work for under five years may not be eligible for some jobless benefits.
“As UKIP continue to wield their influence over Westminster, we are now seeing Labour cast aside principles such as universality of benefits in a race to the right in order to win power in the UK in 2015. Scottish values don’t even merit an afterthought.
“An independent study undertaken by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, estimates the brutal cuts will cost Scotland around £1.6billion a year and shows the stark reality that hundreds of thousands of Scots will lose out – with the disabled set to suffer most. In South Lanarkshire, the study showed Welfare Reforms cost all of us £510 each. That’s £104m in total.
“No more. We must come together and vote YES in 2014. Scotland has paid more tax per head than the UK average in every one of the last 30 years. We can afford to stand on our own feet and look after our people with compassion. The only way to escape this Tory/Labour/LibDem Westminster austerity nightmare is with a Yes vote in 2014.”
Picture is of Linda signing a letter to Chancellor George Osborne MP to scrap the Bedroom Tax
Ed Miliband: Labour would cap social security spending: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22785282
The Sheffield Hallam report can be found at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/newsandmediacentre/62050.aspx
YouGov/SNP Poll (Fieldwork: 20th-22nd March 2013)
Which government do you think would be best at deciding welfare and pensions policy for Scotland?
The UK government 34
The Scottish government 53
Don’t know 13
Sample size: 1105 Scottish adults