“David Cameron and George Osborne have presided over the slowest economic recovery for 100 years, and the economy is back to where it was 6 months ago.
Families across Scotland are bearing the brunt of this failure. Wages are falling and household bills are continuing to rise. Today’s meagre growth will bring little comfort to people across Scotland whose living standards continue to decline.
This Tory-Lib Dem Government took an economy that was starting to grow, with falling unemployment and a falling deficit, and delivered rising unemployment and £245 billion more borrowing than planned.
We need action to get our economy growing again including a jobs guarantee to get people back to work and a lower 10p starting rate of tax to take the pressure off families across the country.
When Labour left office, fewer than 3,000 people were unemployed for over two years, but under this Government that number just keeps on rising. I asked Michael Moore what he had to offer people who want to get back to work, but he had no answers.
Labour’s jobs guarantee would offer people who have been out of work for 2 years or more a real job, paid at the minimum wage. This is the action we need to get Scotland working again.”
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