Richard Leonard

Labour MSP for Central Scotland


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  • Scottish Parliament: Pensioners (Poverty) 13 Jun 2019

    2. This week, our pensioners faced a direct attack on their living standards when the BBC announced its plans to scrap universally free television licences for the over-75s. The Scottish Pensioners Forum said that the decision is “potentially plunging older people into a solitary existence with no means of contact with the outside world.” It is right. Will the First Minister add her name...
  • Scottish Parliament: Pensioners (Poverty) 13 Jun 2019

    Our pensioners suffered another blow this week when the Scottish Government voted to slow down and water down its plan to end fuel poverty. Back in 2008, when addressing the Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon said: “I reiterate the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to tackling fuel poverty and to meeting the 2016 target, which is to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that no...
  • Scottish Parliament: Pensioners (Poverty) 13 Jun 2019

    These are the facts: pensioner poverty is up; free TV licences are under attack; care and support needs are unmet; life expectancy is falling; and the promise to end fuel poverty is broken. The way that we treat our elderly citizens is a mark of the kind of society that we are. They are people who have contributed all their working lives. Many of them are still contributing today, as unpaid...

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Labour MSP for Central Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election

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