Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar is up out of his seat again shouting and pointing at the FM on an issue, carers pay, where the SNP Government is already doing better than Labour would.
Readers may remember Sarwar on low pay in 2017:
MILLIONAIRE Scottish Labour leadership contender Anas Sarwar is under pressure over jobs which were advertised at his family’s firm for less than the “real” living wage. Recruits were offered £7.50 an hour last month for a 45-hour week at the hugely-profitable United Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd, in which Sarwar has a multi-million pound stake. The low wage is less than the £8.45 an hour backed by anti-poverty groups. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has also pledged to introduce a £10 an hour minimum wage if the party comes to power.
SNP MSP Clare Haughey said: “Despite his bluster, even employees of the Sarwar family firm don’t get a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. In practice Anas Sarwar’s style is more profiteering for the few, not the many.” In a statement, Sarwar said: “I am a minority shareholder in United Wholesale Scotland, not a director, and play no active part in the running of the company – and never have. I strongly believe all companies should pay the real living wage, and have received assurances that UWS has an ambition and desire to pay it.”https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/15526208.glasgow-mp-anas-sarwar-under-fire-after-family-firm-pays-staff-less-than-real-living-wage/
As for carers in Scotland, of course, they should be paid more but for a Labour MSP to be shouting about is both risible and ill-informed. See this from 4 days ago:
More than 90,000 people claiming Carer’s Allowance to receive double payment next week. Carer’s Allowance Supplement is paid in addition to the main benefit from the DWP.
Recognising the additional pressures unpaid carers face as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the winter payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement will be doubled to £462.80 and paid on Wednesday December 15, benefiting an estimated 91,000 people across Scotland.
The twice-yearly payment of £230 is paid in June and December in addition to the Carers Allowance, which is currently a monthly payment of £270 delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), to recognise the role carers play in society – the additional payments only apply to Scottish carers.https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/money/unpaid-carers-double-payment-december-25628576