There has been a lot of talk recently about changes to the welfare state by the UK Government that will see 100,000 Scots in social housing lose up to a quarter of the money they need to pay their rent.
This will take £500 million out of the pockets of some of our country’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens just when they need it the most.
Many people have rightly remarked upon the callous, unjust nature of this policy and the adverse impact it will have upon families struggling to make ends meet in the face of Westminster’s unrelenting austerity and triple-dip recession. One in five Scottish children already lives in poverty and this is set to get worse.
But we can choose a different path. An independent Scotland could stop the destruction of our welfare state. A Yes vote in 2014 will empower the Scottish Parliament to build a welfare system that is just, democratic and sustainable.
Leading businessmen such as Jim McColl, Sir George Mathewson and Sir Brian Souter, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joesph Stiglitz support independence because they believe it is the only way we can build a socially just and economically prosperous Scotland. Independence isn’t an end in itself – it is the means to realising all our dreams of what Scotland can and should be.
We shouldn’t be afraid to seize the endless opportunities that self-government brings. Our poor cannot afford to pay the price of a No vote. The human cost of continued Westminster rule will be too great.