MSP praises new foodbank in Milngavie but asks “Is this the kind of Scotland you are happy to live in?”

Foodbank in Milngavie
Foodbank in Milngavie

Organisers of a Milngavie foodbank to help those struggling have been praised - amidst shock that one is needed at all.

The facility has been set up in St Joseph’s RC Church to help those - even in relatively ‘affulent’ Bearsden and Milngavie - who have been hammered by the economic downturn.

Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson said: “I am deeply impressed by the volunteers from throughout the community who have set this up to help those struggling to put food on the table.

“We should all support them in any way we can and I applaud their dedication.

“However, it is absurd that in this day and age in Scotland – the eighth richest country in the world with outstanding natural resources – we should have to resort to setting up foodbanks.

“The welfare cuts coming from the Westminster coalition government are vicious and the projections are that further cuts will put 100,000 children into poverty.

“I simply ask people to reflect on this when they are making their mind up how to vote in this September’s independence referendum.

“Is this the kind of Scotland you are happy to live in?”

Neil Scott, from Bearsden, local spokeperson for the Campsie Branch of the Scottish Socialist Party, said: “It is incredible that an area like Milngavie is needing food parcels handed out to residents.

“The erosion of our welfare state – a system that has been set up to help in times of need – is dangerous and dreadful.

“The targeting of the poor is a political ploy and one that has placed children and old people in danger.

The current financial targeting of the poorest workers and unemployed is a scandal.

“The Tory/LibDem coalition know that, but are gambling on people’s future and scapegoating the weakest in society to divert from who actually robbed us.”

Call 578 6006 for more information about the foodbank.