Friday, 28 February 2014

Burgess blasts Tories' "moral mission"

Margaret Burgess MSP has slammed Prime Minister David Cameron over his claim that UK Government welfare reforms are part of a ‘moral mission’.

Mrs Burgess said any claim that the introduction of the Bedroom Tax or cuts to child benefit were moral was “bizarre”, adding, “These Tory welfare reforms have caused untold harm”.

The local MSP said, “There has been searing condemnation of Westminster’s welfare reform agenda from church leaders, with the Archbishop of Westminster pointing out that many people were left in hunger and destitution. Yet David Cameron claimed that his government’s policies offer ‘new hope’. It is bewildering how anyone could describe policies that have plunged people into poverty and attacked the most vulnerable in society as offering ‘new hope’. It shows just how out of touch David Cameron's Tory government is.”

The MSP for Cunninghame South, which includes Stevenston, pointed out that the latest Scottish Social Attitudes Survey showed 63% of people living in Scotland agree that the Scottish Parliament should be responsible for welfare. “With Westminster attitudes like this, no wonder people want decisions on welfare taken here, in Scotland,” said Mrs Burgess.

The SNP MSP noted, “It has become increasingly clear that there are no plans for devolution of the welfare system in the event of a ‘No’ vote in the Independence Referendum. Only by voting ‘YES’ can we ensure that vulnerable people in Scotland no longer need to suffer as a result of David Cameron’s so-called moral mission.”

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