Wellbeing Economy (United Kingdom Government Policies)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 27 March 2024.

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Photo of Collette Stevenson Collette Stevenson Scottish National Party

The Tory Government’s budget offered nothing to the millions of people who are really struggling with the cost of living, and Sir Keir Starmer has already confirmed that Labour would follow the Tories’ tax and spending rules. If we add to that the fact that Labour and the Tories do not want to devolve employment law, it is clear that Westminster offers no solution for the people of Scotland.

Will the cabinet secretary provide an update on the policies that the Scottish Government is pursuing, within the limited powers of devolution, to build a fairer, dynamic economy and tackle the scourge of in-work poverty? Does she agree that only independence can offer Scotland—[

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.]—a better future and give it the full powers to tackle inequality, abolish poverty pay and build an economy with wellbeing at its heart?