Scottish Liberal Democrats today urged the SNP Government to make a transformational investment in education and mental health after new statistics showed poverty on the rise.
Official figures show that 1 million people in Scotland (19%) were living in relative poverty between 2014 and 2017, including 230,000 children. They also show 8% of people are in persistent poverty.
Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented:
"It is scandalous that a million people in Scotland, including one in four children, are living in poverty.
"The best way to lift people out of poverty and reduce inequality is through investing in their talents and wellbeing. Education is the best route into high-skill, high-wage work, while good mental health enables people to achieve their potential. The failure to invest in these areas has seen our education system slipping and people waiting years for the treatment they desperately need. That does nothing to help people get on in life.
"Of course, we also need social security changes across the entire UK. It is time to end the Tories' cold-hearted approach which is pushing more and more people into hardship. Meanwhile, the Scottish Government needs to use its new powers to establish a welfare system that is accessible and fair."