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Scottish Labour debate on fuel poverty

Scottish Labour debate on fuel poverty

Commenting in advance of Scottish Labour's debate on fuel poverty in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Labour's Jackie Baillie MSP, said: “Fuel poverty in Scotland is on the rise. It is far higher than official numbers suggest, yet despite the increase, the Scottish Government has failed to spend its budget on prevention. Read morenavigateright

SNP need to be bolder on the Living Wage

SNP need to be bolder on the Living Wage

Scottish Labour has called on the SNP to be bolder on the Living Wage, as a London Councillor writes to Alex Salmond asking him to support paying workers a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work. Read morenavigateright

Scottish fishing stronger as part of the UK

Scottish fishing stronger as part of the UK

Commenting on the uncertainties of separation on Scotland’s fisherman raised by Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s Chief Executive, Bertie Armstrong, Scottish Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Claire Baker MSP said: “It is only right that the risks of separation for the fishing sector in Scotland are raised and it's clear that the assurances being provided by the SNP are not convincing people in the industry. Read morenavigateright

Scottish Gas fine shows energy market isn’t working

Scottish Gas fine shows energy market isn’t working

Tom Greatrex, Scottish Labour's Shadow Energy Minister and MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, commenting on Ofgem's decision to fine Scottish Gas £5.6m for incorrectly blocking business customers from switching and failing to notify customers when their contracts were close to expiring Read morenavigateright

Labour will devolve power to Scotland’s island communities

Labour will devolve power to Scotland’s island communities

Labour will devolve more power to Scotland’s island communities, Shadow Scottish Secretary, Margaret Curran MP, said today after a meeting with island council leaders. Read morenavigateright

Scottish Labour comment on Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports

Scottish Labour comment on Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports

Commenting on the latest Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports into the impact of the Bedroom Tax and other welfare changes, Scottish Labour's Jackie Baillie MSP, said: "These are damning reports from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, demonstrating both the failures of the current policies and also the damaging impact of the Con/Dem welfare policy changes on our poorest. Read morenavigateright

Scottish Labour comment on new NIESR analysis

Scottish Labour comment on new NIESR analysis

Commenting on new analysis from NIESR on debt levels of a separate Scotland, Scottish Labour's Iain Gray MSP, said: "This is yet another independent report which explains exactly why independence will leave Scotland worse off than if we remain a part of the UK. Read morenavigateright

Scottish Labour response to Scottish Government energy report

Scottish Labour response to Scottish Government energy report

In response to the Scottish Government report on energy, Tom Greatrex, Labour's shadow Energy Minister and Labour MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, commented: "I am not surprised the SNP waited until Alex Salmond was safely out of the country on a taxpayer funded junket to publish an embarrassment of a paper which can be best described as contradiction on stilts. Read morenavigateright

SNP childcare proposal shown to be ‘amateur and ridiculous’

SNP childcare proposal shown to be ‘amateur and ridiculous’

Commenting on independent analysis of the Scottish Government's White Paper childcare proposal, Scottish Labour's Neil Bibby MSP, said: “This analysis by the Scottish Parliament’s independent experts blows apart Alex Salmond’s flagship childcare proposal. Read morenavigateright

SNP fail to vote for Labour’s energy price freeze

SNP fail to vote for Labour’s energy price freeze

Commenting following the SNP’s failure to vote for Labour’s energy price freeze in the House of Commons, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Margaret Curran MP, said: “Today the SNP have shown whose side they are on – lining up with the big energy companies against the people of Scotland. It’s clear now that the SNP stand up for energy companies, not Scottish consumers. Read morenavigateright

SNP stand up for energy companies, not Scottish consumers

SNP stand up for energy companies, not Scottish consumers

Shadow Scottish Secretary, Margaret Curran MP has condemned the SNP for opposing Labour’s energy price freeze, ahead of a House of Commons vote later today. The SNP have indicated they will vote against Labour’s proposal for an energy price freeze and are advocating taking charges off bills, but passing them back to Scottish taxpayers. Read morenavigateright

Close low pay loophole to deliver pay increase to more workers

Close low pay loophole to deliver pay increase to more workers

Scottish Labour has welcomed the increase of the living wage for public sector workers across Scotland, but demanded the SNP close the low pay loophole so that it can be extended to more workers. Read morenavigateright

First anniversary of creation of Police Scotland and Scottish Fire & Rescue Service

First anniversary of creation of Police Scotland and Scottish Fire & Rescue Service

Commenting on the first anniversary of the formation of Police Scotland, Scottish Labour’s Graeme Pearson MSP, said: “We have seen since the merger of Scotland’s police forces that the men and women who police our streets, and the civilian staff who support them, continue to do a fine job. Read morenavigateright

Bad day for SNP’s record on widening access to education

Bad day for SNP’s record on widening access to education

Commenting on figures released today which show that despite the Scottish Government’s plans to widen access to university places for students from Scotland’s most deprived areas that numbers have actually fallen at Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen and Napier Universities, Scottish Labour’s spokeswoman on Education Kezia Dugdale said: “The whole point of the Post-16 education bill was to widen access to university places for young people in deprived areas, in fact the situation has actually worsened. Mike Russell needs to wake up to the fact that under his leadership, the SNP government have the worst record on widening access, the highest drop-out rates and the worst student support for the poorest students in any of the four home nations." Read morenavigateright

Living Wage: Labour Demands Urgent Review of “Low Pay Loophole”

Living Wage: Labour Demands Urgent Review of “Low Pay Loophole”

Scottish Labour has demanded the Scottish Government conduct an urgent review of sub-contracted jobs in the public sector, stating rules on public contracts result in a “Low Pay Loophole”. Read morenavigateright

‘Broken’ energy market to be investigated

‘Broken’ energy market to be investigated

Tom Greatrex, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister and MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, commenting on the announcement that there will be a full market investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into the energy market, said: "Yesterday’s price freeze from SSE showed that a price freeze is possible. Today’s confirmation that the energy market is broken shows that it’s needed for all customers. Read morenavigateright

Alex Salmond’s top aide has said Scotland should use the Pound without a formal currency union

Alex Salmond’s top aide has said Scotland should use the Pound without a formal currency union

Speaking at a Yes Scotland event, Joan McAlpine MSP said using the Pound without a formal currency union is a “pretty attractive option”. This proposal, dubbed the Panama Plan as Panama informally uses the Dollar in the way a separate Scotland would use the Pound without a currency union under Ms McAlpine’s plan, has been widely criticised by senior economists. Read morenavigateright

Scottish Labour renews calls for Audit Scotland investigation into Police Scotland

Scottish Labour renews calls for Audit Scotland investigation into Police Scotland

Commenting on reports that crime and performance statistics are being deliberately manipulated by officers, apparently under pressure from senior figures within Police Scotland, Scottish Labour’s Graeme Pearson MSP, said: “These reports should worry us all. Read morenavigateright

Scottish Government accepts Jenny Marra’s proposed Human Trafficking legislation

Scottish Government accepts Jenny Marra’s proposed Human Trafficking legislation

Jenny Marra MSP has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to give effect to her private member’s bill on human trafficking. Read morenavigateright

Tony Benn

Tony Benn

Responding to the death of Tony Benn, Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont MSP, said: “This is sad day but we can all celebrate an amazing life at the heart of British politics and public life. Whether you agreed with him or not, Tony Benn was always compelling, interesting and entertaining with unshakeable beliefs and a clear sense of right and wrong. Read morenavigateright

SNP still not giving councils the priority they deserve and need

SNP still not giving councils the priority they deserve and need

Speaking following today’s debate on the Local Government Finance Order Sarah Boyack, Scottish Labour's local government spokeswoman, said: “This finance settlement continues a long trend of Local Government not getting the priority it deserves under the SNP. Read morenavigateright

Rosyth future under threat from independence

Rosyth future under threat from independence

Commenting on the joint statement from the trade unions representing the workforce at Rosyth dockyard, Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont MSP, said: “The message from the operators of Rosyth couldn’t be clearer. Alex Salmond’s dream of breaking up Britain will cost jobs at Rosyth. Read morenavigateright

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