ACTION NEEDED AS FINANCIAL WELLBEING OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SCOTS ‘ON THE LINE’

By Rory Murphy

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has warned that the financial wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of Scots is on the line. This comes as Scottish Labour calls for action to protect family finances.

Statistics published this week revealed that very nearly half a million people (496,580) are currently in receipt of council tax reductions to help them stay afloat financially. This includes over 11,000 people in West Dunbartonshire and an additional 7,050 people living in Argyll and Bute.

Over 300,000 people in Scotland are still furloughed without knowing if they have a job to return to and, as of March this year, 119,000 were unemployed.

With statistics published this week revealing that the government’s Fair Start Scotland (FSS) job scheme is not fit to tackle the jobs crisis, Scottish Labour is calling for action to implement a proper job retention and creation scheme.

During the election campaign, Jackie Baillie set out a clear programme for protecting and retaining jobs including a programme to provide every young or long-term unemployed person a job or training opportunity.     

Jackie Baillie – families are struggling to make ends meet.

Jackie Baillie MSP said:  “With hundreds of thousands of people furloughed or unemployed and struggling to make ends meet, the Scottish Government must pull out all the stops to protect family finances.

“The financial wellbeing of thousands of local people, as well and hundreds of thousands across Scotland, is on the line and the SNP’s jobs plan is simply not fit for purpose.

“During the recent election campaign, I set out a clear vision to protect and retain jobs including a programme to provide every young or long-term unemployed person a job or training opportunity.

“The scale of the current crisis demands this level of ambition.

“Scottish Labour is calling on the SNP to work with us in the national interest to protect family finances and build a fairer and more productive economic recovery.”

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