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The Scottish Labour candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, John Erskine has vowed to fight to attract high wage jobs to the constituency if elected in May.

 

This vow comes after figures from the Trussell Trust revealed that for the month of December 2014, 48% of users of their food banks in Caithness had to do so because of low wages.  The figures also showed that 9% of local users had to because of benefit changes while another 27% had to use it due to benefit delays. Figures for Scotland as whole show that in December 2014, 10489 people had to use on of their 48 Scottish-wide food banks.  This is 13% increase from December 2013 when 9263 people used Trussell Trust food banks.
 
John Erskine said:
 
“It is deeply worrying that 48% of local food bank users were in work yet struggled to make ends meet.  It demonstrates that local people are experiencing a real cost of living crisis which neither the UK nor Scottish Government are prepared to solve.  I am really concerned that these figures are for December when the weather turned particularly cold.  If working people had to use food banks that means they may have had to choose between heating and eating.” 
 
“This highlights the need to strengthen the minimum wage and promote the living wage.  A Labour Government is committed to doing both.   It also seems clear that there are not enough high paying jobs in our area.  As the local MP, I will work with local agencies and local businesses to bring more high wage jobs to the area and ensure we have high quality infrastructure that entices new businesses to create these high skilled, high paying jobs.  A  Labour Government will freeze local peoples’ energy bills and reform the energy market.  We will cut taxes for the poorest and raise them for the richest.  We can and will address this cost of living crisis.

LOCAL LABOUR CANDIDATE WILL FIGHT FOR HIGH WAGE JOBS IN CAITHNESS

The Scottish Labour candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, John Erskine has vowed to fight to attract high wage jobs to the constituency if elected in May.  

John Erskine, Scottish Labour’s candidate for the upcoming General election has backed a call by Highland and Island MSP Rhoda Grant for more funding to improve broadband.

Ms Grant has written to Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Keith Brown, calling on him to allocate more funding to the Highlands and Islands for improved broadband services.  Mr Erskine backs this call and hope to see a fair share of any further funding to come to Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

John Erskine said:

“I am 100% behind campaign by Rhoda.  If there is more money available for broadband, I want to ensure that our area get its fair share.”

“Those places that have had their exchanges upgraded, like Thurso and Wick, are starting to feel the benefit but I want everyone in our region to be able to access broadband or upgrade to super-fast broadband.  Improving the local broadband infrastructure will bring benefits both for communities and businesses. For communities, it will allow many community groups to use the web to keep members informed and involved as well as improving access to local services. For businesses, it will allow them to expand and develop.  In these difficult economic times, we need every investment and infrastructure improvement we can get.”

LABOUR CANDIDATE BACKS MSP CALL FOR BROADBAND FUNDING

John Erskine, Scottish Labour’s candidate for the upcoming General election has backed a call by Highland and Island MSP Rhoda Grant for more funding to improve broadband.

John Erskine, Scottish Labour candidate for the upcoming General Election, has slammed the local Liberal Democratic MP John Thurso for voting in favour of keeping the unfair and unworkable Bedroom Tax.

 The vote was held after a debate called for by the Labour Party.  If the Labour motion had been successful the vote would have scrapped the cut to housing benefit which affects 998 people in Caithness, Sutherland and East Ross.  However Labours motion was defeated by 298 to 266 thanks to the votes from Liberal Democrat MPs including Lord Thurso. 

John Erskine said:

“John Thurso has had the chance to help the 998 local people affected by this vile tax.  Instead he chose to vote with his Tory-led Government in favour of the tax. "

"If he and his Liberal Democrats colleagues had voted with Labour MPs, the Bedroom Tax would be scrapped."

“A Labour Government will scrap the Bedroom Tax which is hurting not helping. We must protect the most vulnerable, not the millionaires which is the current Coalition policy.  A Labour Government will tax mansions to fully fund the NHS, make bankers pay for a job guarantee scheme to help young people into work and introduce a 50p tax rate for the highest earners.  We can builder a fairer and more equal community.  Anything but a vote for Labour next May will give this Tory Government another five years in office.  Local people deserve better than this.”

JOHN THURSO MP VOTES FOR THE BEDROOM TAX

John Erskine, Scottish Labour candidate for the upcoming General Election, has slammed the local Liberal Democratic MP John Thurso for voting in favour of keeping the unfair and unworkable Bedroom Tax....

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