30 July 2019

A new report has revealed one in five people in Scotland are living in poverty, with the level increasing over the past two years.

The Social Metrics Commission report reveals the rate of poverty in Scotland is 20% - and rose in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

On the same day that new Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Scotland, Scottish Labour has warned that the new figures are yet further evidence of the impact of Tory cuts as more people struggle to afford the cost of living.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

“On the same day that old Etonian Johnston visits Scotland, this is a reminder of what the Tories have done in power.

“They are the party of the few, not the many – and their callous austerity agenda over the past nine years has caused nothing but misery for people across Scotland and the UK.

“Scotland needs radical change, and Labour governments at Holyrood and Westminster that will raise the minimum wage, invest in vital public services and raise the standard of living so that the scandal of poverty is eradicated from our society.”
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