SNP COMMITTED TO TACKLING POVERTY WHILE TORIES DUCK RESPONSIBILITIES
MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston has called on local politicians from all parties to get behind historic funding to continue the delivery of a social security system which places fairness, dignity and respect at its heart.
SNP Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has committed a £3.5billion allocation for benefit spend in the next year – including £68 million to deliver the “game-changing” Scottish Child Payment, which is forecast to benefit 163,000 eligible children under 6 in 2021-22.
This budget will support Social Security Scotland’s delivery of the new Child Disability Payment for the families of children with disabilities and long-term health conditions.
The SNP Government will also invest £41 million in the Scottish Welfare Fund – which will enable local authorities to continue to support the most vulnerable people in our communities and help mitigate the additional impact of COVID-19.
SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:
“The SNP’s plan to commit £3.5 billion to social security is central to our commitment to tackling poverty and creating a social security system with fairness, dignity and respect at its heart.
“This money will put money directly into the pockets of people in Coatbridge & Chryston who need it most – including through the ‘game-changing’ Scottish Child Payment which will ease the struggle some families in Coatbridge & Chryston are facing due to the Covid-19 crisis and tackle child poverty across Scotland.
“Tory cuts are driving too many families into poverty – but the SNP is determined to use every power at our disposal to help families make ends meet.
“MSPs across Coatbridge & Chryston should now get behind these budget proposals, and secure substantial funding to support the most vulnerable people in our communities and help mitigate the additional impact of Covid-19.”