By Lucy Ashton
Labour candidate Jackie Baillie has called on the SNP to take responsibility for the rise in the number of children living in poverty while the SNP have been in government.
Child poverty figures in Scotland have steadily risen under the SNP. In contrast, during the last Labour government – when Jackie Baillie served as Minister for Social Justice – over 200,000 children in Scotland were lifted out of poverty, many of them from Dumbarton constituency.
According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 230,000 children are currently living in poverty in Scotland.
Jackie Baillie said: “The SNP must stop its blatant spinning when it comes to its record on child poverty. It is one thing to say that fighting child poverty will be your ‘national mission’ when you are new to government – but the SNP have been in power for 14 years and the First Minister has led the country for 7 years.
“Nicola Sturgeon has presided over a quarter of our children living in poverty and in her own constituency almost half of children live in poverty. That is a record of shame and, frankly, Scotland deserves better.
“It is time that the SNP stopped obsessing over the constitution and its own internal drama and started using the powers that it has to end the blight of child poverty.”
The way we were and still are to some extent with large numbers of children living in poverty. Top picture is of Jackie Bailie giving support to Foodshare volunteers.
This is a list of what 21st century families cannot afford to buy themselves with their weekly income in SNP-run Scotland. Meanwhile personal debt is soaring and the gap between rich and poor continues to grow by the day. Foodshare’s at 179 High St, Dumbarton G82 1NW