It is clear that it will be these households that will bear the financial brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and that there exists the clear and present danger that these households may slip into poverty.
It is time for a fair deal for local government that will allow councils to provide the vital services that communities badly need.
For a body dealing with consumer issues, it is important that consumers are represented.
After balloting our members, the Scottish Co-operative Party has nominated Jackie Baillie MSP for the post of Scottish Labour Party Deputy Leader. Jackie Baillie has been a strong supporter of the co-operative ideal in the Scottish Parliament.
It is high time that the SNP Government provided councils with the resources that they need and bring an end to the age of austerity in our councils.
It is important that co-operatives and mutually owned businesses are recognised and encouraged through the Scottish National Investment Bank.
An ownership model which puts maximising shareholder benefit first has been shown to be a poor deal for the travelling public in Scotland.
I am a co-operator and I want Scotland to be a place where wealth and power are shared.
Putting the right to food into law will not end food banks overnight, but it will set Scotland on a path of joined-up, coherent policy to make sure that everyone has reliable access to healthy, sustainable food for themselves and their families.
Over a third of students reported going without food in 2016.
People having access to enough food strikes at the heart of what kind of society we want to be.
Claudia Beamish MSP and Ged Killen MP have tabled motions to the Scottish Parliament and Westminster Parliament respectively to mark the passing of Dr Jim Arnold, former director of the New Lanark Trust and responsible for preserving the hugely important New Lanark site.
Iain Macdonald, trustee of the New Lanark Heritage Trust and former Secretary General of the International Co-operative Alliance, has contributed the following obituary.
At the Scottish Labour Conference last weekend in Dundee we held a very successful fringe meeting titled, 'The People’s Money'.
New funding cuts announced recently mean free ATMs are closing at a rate of 250 every month. Fresh new thinking is needed to ensure communities and local businesses aren't left behind.
As a Scottish Co-operative Party MSP I will be looking for a Budget today which is bold and which transforms the way in which out economy is run.
This week the Scottish Parliament has debated credit unions and their contribution to Scottish society
The Scottish Parliament has called on the Scottish Government to increase support for co-operatives and employee-owned businesses in a motion moved by the Scottish Labour Leader and supported by Scottish Co-operative Party MSPs
The Scottish Budget takes place today and I am clear that we need a Budget that promotes a fairer, more co-operative Scotland. We need an end to austerity.