Anne McTaggart MSP has demanded action from the Scottish Government in order to tackle the root causes of poverty, as it is “the biggest issue that our children could face”.
Speaking in the Scottish Government debate ‘Scotland – the Best Place to Grow Up’, Ms McTaggart made it clear she was determined that no future generations should have to grow up with the same levels of poverty that so many of today’s children do. Anne encouraged the Scottish Government to do all that it can to limit – and ultimately end – the disadvantage and inequality that for many children means Scotland is not the best place in the world to grow up, particularly in the face of UK Welfare reforms which will hit Scots hard.
Anne McTaggart MSP said: “As a mother of three children, I know that Scotland is often an exceptional place for young people to grow up in. However, I also know that it can be much better. It is a tragic reality that 22,000 children grow up in poverty in Scotland, and that these children are likely to have significantly reduced life expectancies, poorer qualifications and poorer health as compared with their peers.”
“We know that the impact of the UK Governments welfare reforms will do nothing to help the situation of struggling families in Scotland, and will compound the disadvantage and inequality that already exists. I welcomed this Government’s commitment to providing 600 hours of free nursery education to children in Scotland every year, but I am concerned that this has still not been delivered. It is no longer enough to pay lip service to the needs of children and families, it is now imperative that the Government delivers on its promises and supports those families who are least able to provide financially for their children.“
– You can watch Ms McTaggart’s contribution to the debate here at 1:17:36