Commenting on the report published by Capital Economics that shows Scotland will be amongst the hardest hit by Tory austerity, Scottish Labour Finance Spokesperson Jackie Baillie said:
“Next week’s Tory budget looks set to hit working families the hardest, at the same time as the Chancellor is refusing to rule out another tax cut for millionaires.
“This damming report confirms what we suspected -; that Tory cuts will hit Scotland hard. Labour introduced tax credits to lift the incomes of working people, and it worked. We can’t afford to see them demolished.
“The Scottish Government needs to prepare to take action, and new powers for the Scottish Parliament will help, but the Scottish Government could take action now by revisiting Labour’s plans to extend the living wage to low paid workers on public contracts and ban rip off rent rises in the private sector.
“We have an opportunity to work across political parties to deliver more powers for Scotland and protect those who will be hardest hit by cuts. It is not an opportunity the SNP should pass up.”