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