Sturgeon attacks Westminster over £30bn cuts

NICOLA Sturgeon has claimed that a “Westminster consensus on cuts” would push 100,000 more children in Scotland into poverty, with a 400 per cent increase in people forced to rely on foodbanks.

Nicola Sturgeon on a visit to New Lanark yesterday. Picture: Sarah Peters
Nicola Sturgeon on a visit to New Lanark yesterday. Picture: Sarah Peters

The SNP leader said all three of the main Westminster parties are signed up to Chancellor George Osborne’s plans for a further £30 billion of austerity. Ms Sturgeon claimed such cuts would have a “devastating impact on communities” across Scotland, as she made a campaign visit to New Lanark yesterday.

She said: “The Westminster consensus on cuts is having a devastating impact on communities across Scotland – pushing 100,000 more of our children into poverty and forcing more families to have to rely on foodbanks. In a wealthy country like Scotland that is nothing short of a disgrace – and shows exactly why we need a real alternative to the Tory-Labour cuts consensus.

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“We already know that the Tories are intent on balancing the books on the backs of the poor, with £12bn of cuts to spending in Scotland planned over the next five years.”

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