Commenting on recent figures that show an increase in Foodbank use in West Lothian of 430 people including children, Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop said;
“These are worrying figures and show the extent of the damaging the Tory Austerity Programme is having on local communities across West Lothian.
“The Scottish Government has spent over £350 million in the last four years mitigating the hard and heartless cuts being inflicted on the Scottish people by the Tory party – but this can only do so much in helping families who have been driven into poverty and deprivation by the UK Government.
“I will be visiting FoodBank West Lothian next month in relation to a fundraising event they are holding and met with Tesco in Bathgate in December while they were donating their annual food collection to Food Bank West Lothian.”
“I am disgusted and disappointed at the UK Government’s actions to target the most vulnerable in our society and I will continue to do whatever I can to help protect low income households in West Lothian.”