Corbyn : 'Something is very seriously wrong in our political and economic system'

The Labour leader is set to address organisations that tackle poverty and inequality during a visit to Edinburgh, and pledge to end homelessness and inequality in Scotland.

Corbyn will attend a Christmas lunch for families who are relying on foodbanks, hosted by Labour’s new Community Organising unit. He will highlight increasing levels of fuel poverty, homelessness and foodbank use in Scotland and Labour’s plans to tackle those issues.

Labour is seeking to draw attention to the issue. with statistics showing one in four Scottish children, around 230,000, are now living under poverty.

2018 has also set records for the amount of people in Scotland forced into destitution, with 6,000 children projected to be homeless over the winter period.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Corbyn attacked the record of the Tories and SNP on the issue, arguing that: “No one should be homeless, cold and hungry at any time of the year, and especially at Christmas."

“The sad reality is that one in four children in Scotland are living in poverty, and thousands of young people face Christmas without a home to call their own. Too many Scottish households don’t have enough to get by and foodbank use is on the increase."

“This shows that something is very seriously wrong in our political and economic system, and needs to change."

“We need Labour governments north and south of the border to end poverty, homelessness and inequality, and to transform our society so it works for the many, not the few.”

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