Yesterday's Observer (Sunday) reports that the social mobility and child poverty commission will this week report that “for the first time in over a century there is a real risk that the next generation of adults ends up worse off than today's generation. This is a problem for the children of parents with above-average incomes, not just a problem for those at the bottom. Many, many children face the prospect of having lower living standards than their parents."
The reports come as newly appointed Labour welfare spokesperson Rachel Reeves is quoted in the same paper promising that Labour will be even tougher than the Tories when it comes to making welfare cuts.
“This is what is on offer to Scotland from the No campaign – a future where today's young grow up poorer than their parents and Labour stigmatises those on welfare just like the Tories do with severe welfare cuts.
“It is a sorry state of affairs and is a further reminder of how out of touch Westminster is with the needs of people in Scotland and the realities of daily life.
“Rather than be subject to the woeful failings of the Westminster Government, Scotland needs the chance to make our own decisions on taxes and welfare.
“With the powers of an independent Scotland we will have the tools to build a fairer, more prosperous Scotland that does far more to address child poverty and social mobility than Westminster has ever achieved.
“Only a Yes vote next year will secure that for people in Scotland and ensure that decisions about Scotland always reflect the needs and priorities of people living here.”