The Scottish Parliament is to receive significant powers over social security. I welcome the news that the private sector will not be involved in assessing people's entitlement to benefit..
Scotland's education system used to be the envy of the world. In the most recent world rankings we've fallen behind on literacy and numeracy and now we know that it will take three years to solve our teacher shortage.
As Labour's housing spokesperson the news this week that the eviction rate in Scotland has increased is completely unacceptable. The number of people struggling or unable to pay their housing costs has increased largely because of the social security changes made by the conservative government. Glasgow has shown that despite unacceptably difficult circumstances, action can be taken to help people make sure that things do not deteriorate to the point of eviction. Everything must be done to ensure people are able to keep their homes.
I spoke in the Parliaments debate on the Tory 'Rape Clause'. It was excruciating to watch the Tory MSPs defend the policy. This policy is a full frontal attack on women!
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PUT GLASGOW FIRST - VOTE LABOUR ON THURSDAY 4 MAY Since 2007 SNP councillors have sat back and said nothing as hundreds of millions of pounds has been cut from the city’s budget instead of standing up to Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Government. Next week elect a strong team of Labour councillors who will always put our city first.