A Fairer Scotland
Giving everyone the support they need to get on, while protecting the most vulnerable in society and tackling poverty, is crucial to delivering a fairer society. Our vision is to build a fairer Scotland where everyone feels valued and we properly support our most vulnerable people.
My vision is to build a fairer Scotland where everyone feels valued and we properly support our most vulnerable people.
The lowest income households in Scotland are being hit the hardest by public spending cuts driven by Westminster’s austerity agenda.
This has to change. The barriers to opportunity standing in the way of people - whether as a result of background, income, geography, gender, or disability – have to be broken down. By promoting fairness as a way to reduce inequality, we can also allow Scotland to become more prosperous and fiscally sustainable.
The SNP in government is using all the powers at its disposal to mitigate welfare cuts handed to Scotland by the UK Government, to tackle the scourge of in-work poverty and to give children the best start in life.
By further increasing free early learning and childcare, we will help more mothers re-enter the labour market and give children equal opportunities to thrive and realise their potential.
By promoting the Living Wage and the principles of Fair Work, we can ensure that work pays and individuals are valued.
However there is more we can and want to do to make genuine and long lasting changes to the challenges that have continued to blight Scotland.
These increasing levels of poverty and inequality are a clear sign that the economic and social policies of the UK Government are failing Scotland. We are the true opposition of these plans at Westminster.
Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights
More than 80 per cent of Scots are now paid the Living Wage of £8.25 an hour.
In 2011, we became the first government in the UK to pay the Living Wage to our staff.
We have introduced a Child Poverty Bill which will set targets to end child poverty by 2030, and will establish a new £50 million fund to tackle poverty at a grassroots level.
We have invested £90 million to ensure that no-one in Scotland has to pay the Bedroom Tax, protecting up to 72,000 households from the threat of eviction or becoming homeless.
Over half a million vulnerable households in Scotland – including over 200,000 pensioners and 86,000 single parents – have been protected from UK Government cuts to Council Tax support.
Almost 3,000 disabled people are being supported through the Independent Living Fund Scotland, which we set up after the UK Government scrapped its support.