Local MSP Margaret Burgess says a ‘YES’ vote in September’s Independence referendum offers the chance of a more equal society in North Ayrshire and across Scotland.
The Cunninghame South MSP blasted what she
described as “Westminster’s shameful record”, saying, “The poverty rate
in the UK stands at 10 percent – only the United States, Australia,
Italy and Canada have higher poverty rates, while small European
nations, such as Norway, Finland and Denmark perform much better.”
new figures on inequality in Scotland were recently published by the
Scottish Parliament Information Centre, which provides impartial
analysis and research to MSPs of all parties.
Mrs Burgess noted
that the Scottish Government’s White Paper on Independence – Scotland’s
Future - sets out a number of options to tackle poverty, including the
establishment of a Fair Work Commission to ensure the minimum wage would
rise at least in line with inflation.
The SNP MSP said, “New
figures show that, since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in
1999, action to tackle pensioner poverty in Scotland has been more
effective than in the rest of the UK, which highlights the benefit of
decisions for Scotland being made here in Scotland.
demonstrates why we need a ‘YES’ vote in the Independence Referendum –
Westminster has an absolutely shameful record on poverty, and with more
Tory welfare cuts and austerity measures coming down the line, the
situation is only going to get worse.”
international data shows the UK is already the fourth most-unequal
society in the developed world, while current projections indicate that
proposed Westminster cuts to welfare budgets could push up to 100,000
more Scottish children into poverty.
Margaret Burgess said,
“With a ‘YES’ vote we can take action to tackle poverty, ensuring a
minimum wage that rises at least in line with inflation every year and
establishing a welfare state that works for Scotland.
opportunity for Scotland to escape from Westminster’s punitive welfare
cuts and get on with tackling poverty and creating a more equal society
shows exactly why we can, should and must be independent.”