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New research shows growing inequality in Scotland

New research shows growing inequality in Scotland

Unveiling new research for the Scottish Labour Party that reveals significant differences in incomes and economic opportunity across Scotland, Margaret Curran said that the SNP were “so committed to independence that it diverts them and blinds them to the very real issues they should be dealing with as the Scottish Government.” Read morenavigateright

Alex Neil must resign as more revelations emerge

Alex Neil must resign as more revelations emerge

Scottish Labour has repeated calls for Health Secretary Alex Neil to resign as more details emerged of his meddling and deceit. Read morenavigateright

GPs concerns over work pressures shared by Scottish Labour

GPs concerns over work pressures shared by Scottish Labour

Commenting on the launch of the "Your GP cares" campaign by the BMA, Scottish Labour’s health spokesman Neil Findlay said: “The threats the BMA identify chime with the concerns we have been raising for almost a year about the stress the NHS is under. GPs are being asked to do more without any additional resources for competing needs. Yet the Scottish Government expects more people to be cared for at home which heaps pressure on doctors in communities and as our elderly population continues to grow these pressures will become more acute. Read morenavigateright

SNP need to be bolder with their living wage plans

SNP need to be bolder with their living wage plans

Scottish Labour today called for the Scottish Government to back an amendment to the Procurement Reform Bill which would include the living wage as a condition of public contracts. Read morenavigateright

SNP pension assertions focus on the wrong priority

SNP pension assertions focus on the wrong priority

Commenting on Shona Robison’s claim today that lower life expectancy in Scotland "short-changes" pensioners by thousands of pounds, Scottish Labour’s finance spokesman Iain Gray said: “Is this the best Shona Robison can come up with in her new role as Minister for Pensions Rights? It seems bizarre that she and her Scottish Government colleagues think it suitable to suggest that in an independent Scotland we would have access to our pensions earlier as long as we continue to die sooner. Read morenavigateright

Comment on SFF letter to Alex Salmond

Comment on SFF letter to Alex Salmond

Commenting on a letter to Alex Salmond from the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) relating to his claims of blocking fishing vessels access to Scottish and Norwegian waters, Scottish Labour's Claire Baker MSP, said: “Alex Salmond’s resorting to threats if he doesn’t get his own way shows both that he is becoming desperate and that he will risk the livelihoods of fisherman to get his own way. Read morenavigateright

John Smith and the Scottish Parliament

John Smith and the Scottish Parliament

Speaking on the 20th anniversary of the death of John Smith and the 15th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont said: "It seems a bittersweet moment that we mark the twin anniversaries of John Smith and the creation of the Scottish Parliament, an institution he fought so hard to bring about but didn't live to see. Read morenavigateright

Comment on Audit Scotland A&E performance report

Comment on Audit Scotland A&E performance report

Commenting on the Audit Scotland report into Accident and Emergency performance, Scottish Labour's Neil Findlay MSP, said: “This report shows that our hospitals are simply unable to cope with the growing pressures they face, when combined with the cuts to staffing and beds which have been imposed by the SNP. Read morenavigateright

Comment on Bedroom Tax statement

Comment on Bedroom Tax statement

Commenting on the statement on the Bedroom Tax by the Deputy First Minister, Scottish Labour's Jackie Baillie MSP, said: “After months of posturing, the Scottish Government and the Con-Dem government have ended their ridiculous game of brinkmanship and have finally agreed to lift the spending cap, allowing the Bedroom Tax to be effectively ended in Scotland. Read morenavigateright

Comment on labour market statistics

Comment on labour market statistics

Commenting on the publication of local area labour market statistics by the Office of National Statistics, Scottish Labour’s Jenny Marra MSP, said: “These statistics show just how difficult the recession has been for everyone, but particularly young Scots. Read morenavigateright

Scottish Labour launches educational inequality challenge paper

Scottish Labour launches educational inequality challenge paper

Scottish Labour is publishing a new Challenge Paper as part of the Social Justice Sounding Board series, entitled “Mind the Gap: Tackling Educational Inequality in Scotland.” Read morenavigateright

Comment on police officer numbers

Comment on police officer numbers

Commenting on the latest report on police officer numbers, Scottish Labour's Graeme Pearson MSP, said: “The reduction in the numbers of police officers hides the real danger of the SNP playing a numbers game for media headlines. Read morenavigateright

Salmond does not speak for Scotland on Putin

Salmond does not speak for Scotland on Putin

Scottish Labour has joined with other opposition parties in writing to Scotland’s Ukrainian community to condemn the comments from Alex Salmond about Valdmir Putin. Read morenavigateright

Rising costs of care should be a warning to SNP

Rising costs of care should be a warning to SNP

Commenting on the latest figures on the costs of free personal and nursing care Scottish Labour’s wellbeing spokeswoman Rhoda Grant said: “More of our elderly loved ones being cared for in their own homes is of course welcome but as the demands of an ageing population continue to rise, the costs of care will inevitably become more substantial. We already hear stories of care workers under extreme pressure and forced to carry out visits of 15 minutes or less so the demographic timebomb of additional 1.5million older people in Scotland in 20 years time must be addressed now. Read morenavigateright

Debate on justice for survivors of historic institutional child abuse

Debate on justice for survivors of historic institutional child abuse

Commenting in advance of his Members' Business tomorrow on victims of historic institutional child abuse tomorrow (Wednesday 30 April), Scottish Labour's Graeme Pearson MSP, said: “I am bringing forward this debate because victims of abuse have approached me to express their dissatisfaction with how they have been treated. Read morenavigateright

Alex Salmond owes the people of Ukraine an apology over Putin comments

Alex Salmond owes the people of Ukraine an apology over Putin comments

Responding to comments from the First Minister, Alex Salmond, about the Russian President Vladimir Putin, Scottish Labour's Jim Murphy MP said: "The First Minister is a serious person but these are incredible comments in praise of President Putin on the very same day that the world was warning about the build up of Russian troops and armoured columns. It shows a complete lack of understanding of foreign policy. I'm certain that the First Minister will now want to apologise to the people of Ukraine for this dreadful blunder." Read morenavigateright

A disastrous 24 hours for Alex Salmond’s flailing independence bid

A disastrous 24 hours for Alex Salmond’s flailing independence bid

Commenting on the latest Standard and Poor’s report on the impact of a yes vote in the independence referendum, Scottish Labour’s finance spokesman Iain Gray said: “In the last 24 hours the economic “case” for separation has suffered a triple whammy of body blows. While Alex Salmond was posturing in Carlisle his arguments were collapsing at home. Read morenavigateright

SNP fail yet again to protect public workers pay

SNP fail yet again to protect public workers pay

Commenting after today's Labour led debate on the living wage, Scottish Labour's Jenny Marra said: “The SNP are making a big play of promoting women in the Scottish Government because they know that they need more women to support their independence cause. Read morenavigateright

Comment on fuel poverty debate

Comment on fuel poverty debate

Commenting after the SNP refused to support Scottish Labour’s motion on tackling fuel poverty, Scottish Labour’s Jackie Baillie MSP, said: “Fuel poverty in Scotland is higher now than it was when the SNP came to power in 2007. Almost a million Scots are suffering from fuel poverty. That is a national scandal. Read morenavigateright

Comment on corroboration announcement

Comment on corroboration announcement

Commenting on Kenny MacAskill's announcement of a delay to legislation which would abolish corroboration, Scottish Labour's Graeme Pearson MSP, said: “This is a welcome U-turn. The force of opposition to the SNP’s approach was significant. While we all support the need to help more victims of crime see justice done, we needed to see what would replace corroboration. Read morenavigateright

SNP could do more to support councils to save procurement costs

SNP could do more to support councils to save procurement costs

Commenting on Audit Scotland's report into procurement in Councils, Scottish Labour’s local government spokeswoman Sarah Boyack said: “Any area where local authorities can make much needed savings is welcome and cutting back on the cost of procurement has long been needed. Councils are under increasing financial strain from additional service requirements to cope with an ageing population and the cost implications of maintain or replacing infrastructure that is no longer fit for purpose. Read morenavigateright

Scottish Labour debate on the Living Wage

Scottish Labour debate on the Living Wage

Commenting in advance of Scottish Labour's debate on the Living Wage, Scottish Labour's James Kelly MSP, said: “The Scottish Government spends £10 billion every year buying goods and services. These contracts should be used to ensure that every Scot is paid the Living Wage. Read morenavigateright

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