Not one word of praise for the SNP despite the UN recognition

Reflecting on the above, the Herald‘s Catriona Stewart:

She’s right that we need a more coherent approach but why is there no word of the numerous attempts, against the tide of Tory austerity ideology, by the Scottish Government to do something to make life a bit better for the most vulnerable?

The UN and researchers across the UK have:

In 2019, the United Nations report on ‘Workhouse Britain’ noted that Scotland was spending ‘£125 million per year to protect people from the worst impacts of austerity and unlike the UK Government provided funds for emergencies and hardships.

In 2017, researchers in Wales who studied how 7 ‘small countries’ – Wales, Scotland, New Zealand, Denmark, Quebec, Netherlands and Austria were ‘weathering the storm’ of increasing demand and reducing budgets, by developing a ‘golden thread’ linking more open government and participation in improving services. They wrote: A review of a small country’s approaches to public policy reform in response to economic, demographic and other pressures found that only in Scotland could this ‘golden thread’ be so clearly discerned

Just on trying to ensure the poor got a living income, here at the Scottish Government’s initiatives in the last few years:

  • In 2013, the UK Government limited Housing Benefit and the housing element of Universal Credit for working-age council or housing association tenants if they were considered to be under-occupying their homes. This became known as the ‘bedroom tax’ and the Scottish Government fully mitigated it, spending £52 million per year. [1]
  • Beginning only this month, the Scottish Child Payment means that low-income families with a child under six will be able to apply for £10 per child, per week – equivalent to £520 per year. There are no limits on the number of eligible children supported by Scottish Child Payment.[2]
  • Scotland has the highest proportion of employees being paid at least the real Living Wage of all four UK nations – 80.6%, ahead of England 77.1%, Wales 74.0% and NI 72.3% and the UK 77.2%.[3]
  • Scotland has the smallest gap between median pay for the disabled and non-disabled. This is not the result of median wages for the non-disabled in Scotland being particularly low as Scotland has the highest median pay outside of the South of England and London.[4]
  • Only Scotland and Wales pay the living wage to all NHS employees and Scotland was first to pay the living wage to all public-sector employees. Recent consultation on taxation suggests that this group will also be protected from any tax increases.[5]
  • Scottish care workers have been receiving the Living Wage of £8.45 per hour since October 2016 and will now [unlike in rUK] receive the same rate for all ‘sleepover hours worked. This will make a big difference to around 40 000 workers. Most are women.[6]
  • Also, in 2019, the funeral support payment was introduced meeting burial or cremation costs with a flat rate £700. [8]

Perhaps Catriona Stewart doesn’t know about these for the obvious reason that her colleagues at the Herald are not interested much in this kind of thing?


[1] https://www.gov.scot/policies/social-security/support-with-housing-costs/#:~:text=The%20bedroom%20tax,-From%20April%202013&text=This%20is%20widely%20known%20as,two%20or%20more%20additional%20bedrooms

[2] https://www.gov.scot/policies/social-security/scottish-child-payment/

[3] https://economicactionplan.mygov.scot/fair-work/real-living-wage/

[4] https://www.gov.scot/publications/fairer-scotland-disabled-people-employment-action-plan-progress-report/

[5] Make the NHS a living wage employer says UNISON

6 https://news.gov.scot/news/pay-boost-for-carers

[7] https://undocs.org/A/HRC/41/39/Add.1

[8] https://www.holyrood.com/articles/news/new-scottish-funeral-benefit-launches-next-week

8 thoughts on “Not one word of praise for the SNP despite the UN recognition”

  1. The opposition always try to claim SNP policy as their own.
    Labour the only party not to support MUP. Now abstaining on the tiers. They abstained on austerity. Then complain about poverty. The SNP had to mitigate every NHS, Education and welfare cut. The ConDems cut them all with Labour support. Cutting people’s income on universal credit. £100 a month. They have now had to reverse the cuts until April. Increased £20 a week. It should be kept permanently so people can survive. .

    The SNP were introducing £10 a week for children in low income families in February. That should stop child poverty.

    Illegal wars, financial fraud and tax evasion, A billionaire Chancellor braking the rules. Lining their pockets with misappropriated public monies and non scrutinised public contracts. The reason they and their unelected cronies are in politics. Costing £Billions.

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  2. The UN report is crucial to exposing the EngGovs’ war on the poor and vulnerable. The BritNat media will never praise the SNP, it would tear them apart if they had to. Undermine, twist facts, outright lie, fiddle around with photos to portray SNP as badly as possible, desperately
    attempting to demonise and even to the point of likening the SNP to Nazi’s, it’s all there, tried and tested tactics.
    Independence is the only way for Scotland to avoid being dragged down a dark path and taken back decades, where the BritNat media revel in the suffering of the vulnerable, poor and disabled
    in order to portray Scotland as a basket case.
    No thanks, Scotland’s on a life affirming, forward looking, socially democratic and responsible path, there is definitely no going back now,. Get used to it BritNats.

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    1. Some days I really despair. Turned on Radio Scotland at 4pm, turned it off again at 4.10 after hearing a consultant complaining about the £500 bonus payment. Looked at twitter, saw Joanna Cherry tweeting about a report by Alex Salmond & Neil re coronavirus recovery plans – lets just tear the party apart right at the crucial moment. Dipped into Westminster debate and tuned out, saw Mark Drakeford was being panned from pubs in revenge for the restrictions. How on earth do we all get out of this mess?

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  3. Catriona Stewart is one of the best journalists on the Herald group’s staff. Her article is a thoughtful one and confronts the wider issue of poverty which has been growing for the past decade from a previously disgraceful level. I suspect that the heading and opening paragraph have been ‘suggested’ by editorial staff to suit the editorial line which is becoming increasingly crassly and overtly anti-independence, anti-SG, antiScottish, anti-SNP.

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    1. Sounds like she is in the wrong job then. The media are attacking the ScotGov for what? Yet they give the BritNats and EngGov an easy time of it…not really calling them out even when it comes to many people dying, what more does it take for the ‘media’ to start calling out the actual parties in EngGov for their incompetence and mishandling of, well everything really! C. Stewart knows what she is writing, she does it all the same, part of the whole BritNat attack on the ScotGov when they are trying to help people and mitigate terrible EngGov cuts to the poorest and most vulnerable, which are many more now due to Covid!
      Don’t excuse these people at the Herald etc, earning a living from twisting facts and lying.

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  4. The Scotsman is beyond saving.
    The Herold might still be neutral in any referendum, but……they lack balance right now, ask few questions of the “Union” back story and even
    less of the “Unionist” vision of the future. So would have to actively change their Editorial line.
    Will they? Can they—are they receiving funding from UK-friendly sources?
    Does Mr Jack pop in for wee blether over tea? With a brown envelope?

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