Katy Clark MP

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The Trustees of Haylie House, Largs have received £4514 from the Awards for All grant funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The money is to be used for IT equipment for the residents benefit and interaction between each other, staff and families. 

On hearing the news Katy said: “I was delighted to learn Haylie House residents gained this award. This new IT equipment will allow for much better communication with families no matter where they are in the world.  It will also allow a degree of independence for residents to manage their own affairs and emails.” 

Awards for All states that Haylie House provides a peaceful, comfortable and caring environment for residents living with conditions such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This project will allow the group to buy IT equipment that can be used by residents to improve interactions between each other, staff and families.

Katy welcomes Lottery funding for Haylie House.

The Trustees of Haylie House, Largs have received £4514 from the Awards for All grant funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The money is to be used for IT equipment...

Katy has called for a 'New path for Scottish Labour'

Katy said: “We need to face up to the reality that it is not the Scottish people who have walked away from Scottish Labour but Scottish Labour that has walked away from them. We need to reach out to those who’ve abandoned hope in Labour and those who voted Yes in the referendum. Scotland has rejected New Labour, so we must take a new path for Labour in Scotland – we cannot go backwards.”

 Commenting on the impact of the referendum and the change Scottish Labour must make Katy said:

 “The independence referendum has demonstrated that the Scottish people have rejected the neo-liberal policies pursued by successive UK and Scottish Governments and instead demand economic and social change. While the previous Labour Governments have achievements we can rightly be proud of, particularly the introduction of the minimum wage and the progress made in reducing poverty, we need to face up to the fact that they did little to challenge the free-market dogma that has resulted in growing inequality, insecure employment and the housing shortage we see today.”

Calling for the abandoning of failed economic policy in Holyrood and Westminster Katy said:

“We need to show we have listened by ending the austerity policies being pursued today. The Scottish people are demanding a council house building programme that will deliver affordable homes for all, changes to employment law that guarantee everyone in Scotland a decent wage in a secure job with investment in high quality publicly-owned services. As Scottish Labour we need to demonstrate we can change.“

 

Katy calls for a ‘New path for Scottish Labour’

Katy has called for a 'New path for Scottish Labour'

Katy has demanded that the UK and Scottish Governments recommit to expanding good quality employment opportunities in Scotland, rather than simply focus on measures to improve employability.

Katy spoke out following the publication of a study by the Resolution Foundation which showed that three-quarters of people regularly in work do not escape from low pay over a ten-year period.

Speaking on the subject Katy said “Governments in recent decades have abandoned intervention in favour of the free market. All too frequently we hear the same tired mantra that young people simply need to be more employable to be successful. It ignores the need to focus on creating quality jobs. This has resulted in a less secure labour market for all, especially for young people who have had to settle for lower-paid, less skilled jobs that are not commensurate with their education and training.”

“As an employment lawyer and an MP I have seen the damage poor quality and insecure work has done to communities across Scotland. Scottish Labour needs to set out a different vision. We need a change in priorities. This means moving away from a pro-market and pro-business austerity agenda and towards a pro-employment and pro-investment one. It requires directly confronting rampant inequality and elitism and delivering a fundamental redistribution of wealth across Scotland. Scotland has enough employable citizens, what it requires is more jobs and fair access to them.” 

Scotland needs full employment not just employability

Katy has demanded that the UK and Scottish Governments recommit to expanding good quality employment opportunities in Scotland, rather than simply focus on measures to improve employability.


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