MSP, Airdrie and Shotts
I congratulate the cabinet secretary and all our Opposition spokespeople counterparts on the productive and amiable way in which the bill has been handled. Setting targets is important, and the bill is an important platform on which to build an effective child poverty strategy. The key challenge for us now is in how we will make that happen to ensure that we achieve the targets by 2030 and...
The point that Mr Tomkins raises is precisely the point that I made earlier, which is that we must tackle both aspects. We must tackle all the underlying issues, including the fact that 70 per cent of children who are in poverty live in households in which someone is in work. The reason why they are in poverty is probably that the person who is in work is not getting the living wage. We must...
I begin with something that I think we are all agreed on and which has already been referred to, which is that the single-biggest contributor to ill health in Scotland is the level of poverty and inequality that we have in our society. There is no doubt at all in my mind that an analysis of mortality rates over the past seven years or so shows a clear and direct correlation between levels of...
Scottish National Party MSP for Airdrie and Shotts
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election
Also represented Central Scotland
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