photo credit: Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland via photopin (license)

SNP MPs will push for immediate action to restore fairness for people on low incomes, Nicola Sturgeon said today, as she called for a 3-point plan to increase living standards.

Campaigning today in North East Fife alongside candidate Stephen Gethins, Ms Sturgeon said that the Tories cared only about cutting budgets and were indifferent to rising levels of poverty and inequality.

She said that the SNP would support increases in the minimum wage to match the real living wage, an end to the public sector pay cap, and restoring fairness in the social security system.

Commenting, Nicola Sturgeon said: “The Tories have shown nothing but cold indifference to the rising levels of poverty and inequality across the UK – they found money to cut taxes for the rich but claim there is no money to help those on lower incomes.

“With the limited powers of the Scottish Parliament, the SNP has done everything we can to make pay fairer – and Scotland has the highest proportion of people paid at least the living wage of any nation in the UK.

“But Scotland also needs strong voices at Westminster arguing for fairness. We will work with business to increase the level of the minimum wage to the level of the real living wage.

“We also want to see an end to public sector pay caps which – in light of increasing inflation caused by Brexit uncertainty – are becoming increasingly unsustainable.

“While the Tories care only about saving money, the SNP will strike a balance between affordability and the cost of living – and we will no longer assume a 1% cap.

“Finally we’ll restore fairness to our social security system – demanding an end to policies such as the freeze in working-age benefits, and the two-child limit on tax credits with its disgusting rape clause.

“At this election, people in Scotland have a clear choice between electing Tory MPs who will simply rubberstamp more cuts, voting Labour and risking letting Tory MPs in by the back door, or electing SNP MPs who will stand up for Scotland and for fairness in our society.

“Now more than ever, it is vital that we have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland at Westminster.”

This is an official press release from the Scottish National Party (SNP).