UK Budget

The UK Government are threatening Scotland’s recovery with a return to austerity cuts, an extreme Brexit, and a Budget that completely failed to deliver the meaningful change and investment needed to build a fairer society.

I wrote to the Chancellor, over a month ago, to ask he make the Universal Credit uplift permanent, to take action on access to cash in our communities and to extend the furlough scheme.  Sadly, he’s failed to listen to the reasonable demands to address child poverty and there were no plan to raise statutory sick pay or introduce a Real Living Wage.

Millions of people have been left behind by the UK government throughout the pandemic – and this budget failed to plug the gaps for the 3million, including a number of people in Inverclyde, excluded and failed to deliver a commitment that full 80% furlough support will be available for as long as the devolved nations need it.