Scottish Government continues to fight brutal Westminster austerity politics

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Scottish government funding of £58.5 million to allow local authorities to make Discretionary Housing Payments has already been spent by up to 90% in an effort to offset the effects of Tory attacks on the poor. The money has been used to compensate for the introduction of the benefit cap, the “bedroom tax” and reductions in Local Housing Allowance.

https://news.gov.scot/news/discretionary-housing-payments-4

This, the previous report on a fairer tax system and earlier reports such as those below, remind us that we have a government of wholly different nature from the callous, corporation-friendly, affluent individuals who make up the UK Government.

Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.

SNP to bring in free personal care for disabled under-65s by April 2019

Scottish public sector to put poverty and inequality at heart of decision-making despite UK Government’s abandonment of the principle

Scottish Government fights to protect against the effects of Tory austerity cuts.

Scottish Government to fight alongside UN to defend disabled against Tory cuts.

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One thought on “Scottish Government continues to fight brutal Westminster austerity politics

  1. Ludo Thierry November 30, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    Hi John – As well as trying to mitigate the worst excesses of the Westminster Tory Govt the SNP Scottish Govt are pursuing (dggedly) some pretty interesting projects for fundamental improvement in people’s life chances. One such being the Named Person legislation (which – like MUP has been delayed by some pretty odd types with deep pockets to empty on legal challenges). Addressing the Court’s suggestions SNP Cabinet Secretary John Swinney has appointed a Panel of Experts and chairing the panel is one Ian Welsh, who is Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.

    To my mind Ian Welsh has been pretty effective in that role – and has brought various issues right up the public policy agenda in a generally impressive fashion. What some people might not be aware of is that the same Ian Welsh was a Labour MSP in Ayr (he kept Phil Gallie out of a consituency seat) and was a Labour council leader in Kyle and Carrick and South Ayrshire Councils.

    Once again the SNP Scottish Govt is actively demonstrating the absence of political tribalism/ political sectarianism as it seeks to relentlessly drive on the project of building the New Scotland. This commitment to BIG TENT politics is a hugely difficult path to follow – but Nicola and co. are sticking with the programme through all the garbage hurled at them. Well done guys – Scotland has a really good team manning the deck.

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