•71,428 people accessed foodbanks in 2013 / 14 in Scotland. (Trussell Trust)
•220,000 children were living in poverty in 2013/14 and expected to rise by another 100,000 to 320,000. (CPAG)
•820,000 people in total live in poverty in Scotland. (BBC)
•158,000 people are unemployed in Scotland and 728,000 economically inactive. (ONS)
•36,457 applications regarded as homeless in Scotland in 2013/14. (ONS)
•In any given month in 2013 250,729 were waiting for outpatient NHS Treatment. (Audit Scotland)
•Only just fewer than 10% of young people in Scotland are not in education, employment or training. (JRF)
•There were 86,645 JSA sanctions in Scotland in 2014. (Scottish Government)
•The next round of austerity, 30 Billion Pounds in cuts to you and me, will affect 3.7million people by 2017/18. Many of those will be elderly and disabled. (UNISON)
When I think about the above statistics I really begin to think that we are no longer at the stage where we can wait for some left-wing conversion to take place. Can we wait for the SNP to agree some deal with Labour, no matter how unlikely that becomes everyday given that Labour not only HATE anyone with a nationalist tendency, but also the fact that they are trying to be the new Tory Party.
I am not for an SNP/Labour deal anyway. No matter what little bit of power that might provide for Holyrood, the days of deals with the party that lied, scared old people, and told me I was a disease during the referendum campaign are well over. I would not do any sort of deal with people like that.
I just feel that we are very much at a crossroads, and May will be a very important month for every one of us as it may well be the last chance that we can really exercise power in this country, to make the choice that government/the banks/business are here to serve us, not the other way round.
A lot of us have experienced a real drop in our living standards but for far too many of those above they find themselves hungry, cold, and ill, unemployed and in many cases homeless. I feel we can no longer wait for someone to come along who will stand up for those less fortunate than ourselves. Do we go back to the Victorian Age that so many in the three Tory parties love and adore! Do we just meekly go back in our box, turn a blind eye, and be thankful that at least we have food on the table and can meet our bills this month!
I really believe that patience is becoming a thing of the past for myself regarding decision-making, be that decisions made in either local government or national government. Why are we continuing to allow politicians to make either bad decisions or decisions that serve the interests of the minority! Why do putup with a real lack of involvement in decision-making at all levels when we can see that the politicians more often than not get it wrong.
It really is time for change and I believe that we cannot wait that much longer for that change,or every gain, every concession, everything that people fought for that improved the lives of the less fortunate will be lost to what can only be described as a shady, distrustful and somewhat limited bunch of self-serving, in the main, politicians at both local and national level.
Just a frustrated opinion.