SNP MPs can fight the Tories’ agenda in Westminster, but it’s SNP councillors that must fight the battle on the front-line, in our communities the length and breadth of Scotland.
I’ve worked as a political caseworker and researcher for a couple of years and the most common issue we deal with is people suffering from the effects of poverty brought on, in some cases, by recent welfare reforms.
If I was privileged enough to be elected as your councillor, I would be able to use my casework skills for the benefit of people in Glenrothes West and Kinglassie: assisting constituents to appeal against benefits sanctions, ensuring that people are receiving the correct support (including supporting people to apply for appropriate housing etc.), supporting and promoting employment advice services like Business Gateway and Skills Development Scotland, and being a strong voice on Fife Council arguing for investment in our community.
It also means holding the current Labour administration to account when they preside over a massive underspend or do not properly allocate Scottish Government funds targeted at alleviating poverty.
24.8% of children in Glenrothes West and Kinglassie are living in poverty. That’s a quarter of our children. Compare that to 8.6% in Ward 18, Tay Bridgehead.
This is not acceptable. I promise to be your strong voice at Fife Council. I will work for you and represent you in every way I possibly can.
(Statistics taken from: Know Fife Dataset – compiled by the Scottish Government and UK Department of Work and Pensions)