The Scottish National Party (SNP) has accused Labour of misleading vulnerable people in Scotland over a ‘bogus’ pledge for extra food bank funding.
Despite stepping down as an MP, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that a Labour government would provide an extra £1 million in funding for Scottish food banks.
The Scotland Office has since confirmed that the additional funding will only be for food bank hospitality purposes and not for service provision.
According to the SNP, Labour has refused to confirm whether Mr Brown’s pledge is an official Labour Party policy, while a spokesperson in Scotland claimed that is was.
SNP Deputy Leader Stewart Hosie said: “Labour’s floundering campaign in Scotland is becoming increasingly desperate – but to resort to making pledges to food bank users which are simply made up is pretty low.
“Gordon Brown’s bogus plan is apparently to be funded by a department which has no capacity to do so – and has been knocked down by Labour at UK level.
“Once again, Labour in Scotland have been put well and truly in their place by their bosses in London.
“People in Scotland are being forced to rely on food banks thanks to the austerity cuts agenda supported by both Labour and the Tories – and they deserve better than being used as props as Gordon Brown seeks to divert attention from Labour’s failing campaign and makes promises he knows he can’t possibly keep.
“In a wealthy country like Scotland, it is a disgrace that anyone is forced to rely on food banks – that’s why a strong team of SNP MPs will use our influence to put an end to the austerity cuts which are hurting the poorest people in our communities, and ensure that no one in Scotland is in the situation were they don’t have enough to eat.”