3 September 2019

During today’s statement on the Programme for Government for 2019-2020, Scottish Labour Leader, Richard Leonard MSP, used his time to outline the failure of the SNP government to deliver on promises.

He raised the fall in Higher pass rates for the fourth consecutive year despite the First Minister stating that ‘closing the attainment gap and raising standards in our schools remains the Government’s overriding mission’ just last year.

He also challenged the First Minister to quicken the pace of change on Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services after new figures today highlighted that more than 30 per cent of young people are waiting longer that the 18 week target time.

At the weekend, Nicola Sturgeon said in the face of Brexit, said that ‘it is more important than ever that the Scottish Government continues to act in a calm, considered and consensual way’.

Responding to this, Richard Leonard asked:

“Can the First Minister tell us:

"Is she calm that housing costs continue to rocket beyond people’s means?

That the reliance on foodbanks in Scotland is at an all-time high …

That public transport continues to be driven by profit not passengers?

“So given that the First Minster is calling for consensual working can I ask her, to back our plans

Will you support the Mary Barbour Bill to cap private rent rises?

Will you support our plans to enshrine the Right to Food in law?

And will you support Labour plans for a publicly owned bus network and railway?”
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