East Kilbride West candidate, John Reilly, has commented on Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s criticism of the UK government’s policies.

John said:

“The Cardinal is right to speak out and criticise the UK Government, and we support his concern for the poor in society.

“The SNP Government are doing everything possible within current devolved powers to protect people from the impact of Westminster cuts – the most recent being protection for over half a million vulnerable people who would see their Council Tax Benefit cut by the UK Government.

“An SNP Administration at South Lanarkshire Council will work with the Scottish Government to ensure that we protect services that enhance people’s standard of living and the safety of people at risk.

“We will continue to support the Council Tax freeze and enhance the support given to kinship and foster carers.

“And care for our elderly by increasing the facilities for home and residential care in co-operation with the private sector.

“An SNP Administration at South Lanarkshire Council and an SNP Government at Holyrood will always use the powers available to us under this current constitutional settlement to protect the people from the harmful policies of the UK Government.”

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