North East MSP Christian Allard has welcomed news that Aberdeenshire is ahead of Scotland’s capital city in terms of average disposable income.
However, the SNP politician is warning that a rising number of foodbanks in the region indicates that many families are being left behind.
This comes in response to a recently-released study conducted by SPICE (Scottish Parliament Information Centre) that reviewed levels of average disposable income in areas of Scotland, compared to the UK average.
Mr Allard said: “The good news is that people are prospering here in the North-east. However, it cannot be ignored that there has been a rise in foodbanks in Aberdeenshire over the past few years.
“This is a clear indication that there is an imbalance of wealth and opportunity, leaving families behind to rely on charitable food parcels.”