Former PM Gordon Brown writes exclusively in the Daily Record about his fear that poverty and foodbank use will get worse if the Conservatives win next month’s General Election.
Poverty is growing in Britain, as is foodbank use by people who shouldn’t need them. Former PM Gordon Brown writes exclusively in the Daily Record about his fear that it will get worse if the Conservatives win next month’s General Election.
“In less than five years, according to forecasts, 320,000 children in this country – that is, one in every three – will officially be in poverty.
What a desperate, dismal projection that should leave everyone searching their souls.
Isn’t this what should really matter on June 8? More than Conservative grandstanding on Europe and SNP preaching independence at all costs.
Let us tell the men and women who count, the ones we vote for and the ones who can change it.
But tell them loud and clear because innocent girls and boys are suffering in every city, town and corner of Scotland and no matter what they say, nobody in power at the moment, and with the resources to change it seems to give a stuff.
The latest statistics in the report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies make grim reading, not just in Scotland but the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. Alarming figure after figure shows:
●UK poverty will have risen from 14million at its peak in the 1990s, under the Tories, to 15.7million
●Child poverty will have risen from 4.3million in the 1990s to 5.1million in 2022.
●Overall poverty will be up by two million and child poverty by one million. This is the biggest rise in poverty and child poverty since the bleak Margaret Thatcher/John Major years.