SNP Candidate for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady, has welcomed the launch of the SNP’s Jobs Manifesto – setting out how SNP MPs will support the creation of more and better paid jobs in Scotland and across the UK.
Launched by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, the Jobs Manifesto makes clear that the SNP will:
Commenting, Mr Swinney said: “Hard working people have been let down for far too long by Westminster – and with both Labour and the Tories signed up to George Osborne’s plans for a further £30bn of cuts it is clear that things are only going to get worse. That’s exactly why we need to take a new, more progressive approach which puts working people first.
“That’s why we are proposing a modest 0.5 per cent increase in public spending, increased investment in infrastructure projects and support for SMEs to boost the economy and create more jobs.
“Austerity cuts have stopped our economy reaching its full potential for too long – holding back job creation and stifling growth. It couldn’t be clearer that we need to take a new direction and invest in the economy and jobs.
“But we are absolutely clear that creating jobs is only the first challenge – and that we need to do everything we can to ensure that work always pays. Far too many people in Scotland and across the UK are suffering from the scourge of in-work poverty – the very idea that people go out to work every day and still can’t make ends meet is nothing less than a disgrace.
“SNP MPs will ensure that Westminster is forced to take a different approach – promoting the principles behind Fair Work, abolishing exploitative zero hours contracts and supporting a minimum wage of £8.70 by 2020. And the SNP will support an increase in the Work Allowance – providing a major boost to the incomes of workers on low wages and making sure that work always pays."
Patrick Grady added: "Hard working people have been paying the price for Westminster’s failures for far too long. A strong team of SNP MPs will ensure we take a new, fairer, more progressive direction – not just creating jobs but ensuring that the principles of Fair Work are firmly on the agenda at Westminster for the first time in generations.”