According to a report in the Record, one million Scots are living in poverty.
That is to say that about one in five of us is on the breadline.
Needless to say the “I could live on £50 a week, even if I charge you £37 for my breakfast” incompetent who is running the DWP, said that his policies were helping poor people. Iain Duncan Smith said child poverty had fallen, despite the figures showing 220,000 children in Scotland in poverty, an increase of 30,000 on last year. Is he stupid or is he a liar?
I think, on the basis of his record, we can safely dismiss his statement as a pile of cobblers.
The worst off have been hit by reductions in income of around £20 a week, which is around £1,000 a year. So much for Nick Clegg and his tax changes. The poorest don’t earn enough to pay tax.
The bulk of people who are suffering are working families. Not Gidiot’s skivers, but strivers. Only striving in this god forsaken land makes you worse off, unless you are a striving banker , Lord, MP or businessman with good connections.
You simply cannot get around the fact that six out of every 10 kids in poverty come from families where at least one adult is a striver.
Across the UK, 10.6million Britons were in absolute poverty.
Peter Kelly, of the Poverty Alliance, said: “Much of this is due to the policies being pursued by the current UK Government. Regressive tax policies and punitive welfare reform measures are pushing more people into poverty. People in Scotland and the UK simply don’t have enough money to live on.”
Scottish Labour social justice spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said (and you’ll love this): “The SNP failed to act quickly enough to mitigate the impact of the Tories’ bedroom tax in Scotland.” She has of course forgotten that when the DFM wrote to the unelected aristocrat, Fraud, who for some reason, in this mother of democracies, finds himself in the position of being allowed to grant to, or withhold from, an elected Scottish government the power to act on that matter, the lazy little lord couldn’t be bothered answering.
She also seems to forget that bedroom tax was originally introduced by Labour and expanded by the Tories, and that Labour has promised to be even tougher on Social Security than the Tories.
Still as Baillie has a reputation at least the equal of IDS for being a liar, I reckon we shouldn’t be too surprised.