Not much, if anything, has been written in the MSM about Labour's plans to scrap Disability Living Allowance for the over 65s and Attendance Allowance across the UK - in order to fund a new care service for England.
John Mason, MP for Glasgow North East, warned that the proposal would impact on 145,000 elderly people in Scotland, push 58,000 vulnerable Scots into poverty and adversely affect carers looking after those in receipt of the allowances.
"Labour's plans ignore Scotland completely. This proposal is entirely focussed on England with no attention paid to the consequences in Scotland.
"Attendance Allowance offers essential support to many of Scotland's elderly and disabled residents and helps Scotland's carers. To get rid of this valuable benefit would be a hammer blow to elderly and disabled Scots."
The SNP, at their Spring Conference, passed a resolution condemning the Labour proposals.
I know several people over 65 who receive attendance allowance. They all look after disabled spouses. Three of them would suffer badly should the allowance be withdrawn because it makes such a difference to their lives in small, but important, ways. Surely this is age discrimination?
We must all fight this proposal because our elderly deserve recognition for the work they undertake. Without them our health services would be stretched beyond their limits.
Just in case any of you missed it Brian Taylor has posted about George Osborne's suggestion that further cuts in the Scottish spending package for 2010/11 could be deferred. Not cancelled but postponed.