Following the publication of figures showing that in the past year alone the number of children in poverty grew by 30,000, the Paisley’s MSP is today highlighting the need to vote Yes for a better future.
While Westminster cuts threaten to push 100,000 more children in Scotland into poverty by 2020, a Yes vote means we can transform childcare, benefiting 240,000 children across the country.
Commenting on the news, George said, “Over the last year, 30,000 more children in Scotland have been pushed into poverty. This is not due to Scotland being independent, but the Westminster dividend that Better Together are so keen to talk about. If we as a nation allow Westminster to continue controlling our economy and welfare system, 100,000 more children face poverty by 2020. I take no pleasure in saying this, but the cold hard facts are that Scotland is being deeply affected by the Westminster’s ‘Project Austerity’.
‘I do not want independence just for the sake of it, I wholeheartedly believe that a Yes vote will deliver for the people of Scotland, we will be able to elect a government that we voted for which will take decisions in the best interests of Scotland’s people. We will finally have the powers we need to enable us to tackle poverty. The Scottish Government’s plans to transform childcare will benefit around 240,000 children and their families, as well as creating around 35,000 jobs.
‘Westminster cuts are not going to stop if Scotland votes no, we are going to give David Cameron the green light to cut further into the Scottish budget and go further with ‘Project Austerity’, not to mention spending £4bn a year on nuclear weapons.
‘France, Japan and the UK, what they have in common is that Scotland, per head is more prosperous nation that all three of them. As a wealthy country, we should be using that wealth to help the poorest in our society, by tackling poverty and transforming childcare. Only independence will give us the powers to do so.”