DWP figures reveal Tory cuts are threatening Scotland’s recovery

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From SNP Media:

The SNP has said Tory cuts are “threatening Scotland’s recovery” – as new figures revealed Tory plans to slash Universal Credit could hit nearly half a million people in Scotland.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) quarterly Universal Credit statistics, published today, reveal the number of people on Universal Credit in Scotland has increased by 86% in the past year – rising from 264,117 in March 2020 to 490,426 in April 2021.

David Linden MP said Tory plans to slash payments by £20 a week from October would leave thousands of families in Scotland worse off and push children into poverty. The SNP Shadow Work and Pensions spokesperson said the cuts showed the Tories were entrenching inequality – and the only way to secure a fair recovery is for Scotland to become an independent country.

Commenting, SNP Shadow Work and Pensions spokesperson David Linden MP said:

“It’s now beyond doubt that the Tories have absolutely no intention of building a fair recovery from covid. Instead their damaging plans to slash universal credit payments will leave thousands of families across Scotland worse off – entrenching poverty and inequality.

“Boris Johnson is threatening Scotland’s recovery by imposing Tory austerity cuts on family incomes. The Tories are making the same devastating mistakes they made after the last economic crisis, with massive cuts causing child poverty to soar – it is completely unforgivable.

“Westminster has shown it cannot be trusted with Scotland’s recovery. The only way to build a strong, fair and equal recovery is for Scotland to become an independent country – with the full powers to create jobs, boost incomes and tackle poverty and inequality head on.

“Once the covid crisis is over, it is essential that people in Scotland have the choice of a fairer future with a post-pandemic independence referendum so we can build a recovery that meets Scotland’s needs and values – instead of leaving our future in Boris Johnson’s hands.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/universal-credit-statistics-29-april-2013-to-8-april-2021/universal-credit-statistics-29-april-2013-to-8-april-2021

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/therese-coffey-20-pound-universal-credit-uplift-end-winter-b935142.html

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5 thoughts on “DWP figures reveal Tory cuts are threatening Scotland’s recovery

  1. I suspect that the Starmer stance might continue to be to try to outflank the Tories on the RIGHT and they will condemn the plans as too ‘soft’, but I reckon that what we will get as we get on just about everything is that Labour in Westminster will abstain.

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  2. SNP are becoming a talking shop
    What we need is a date announced for a Scottish independence referendum
    Issue the date
    If covid sets it back after its announced we will all understand
    But issue the date now
    That is progress

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    1. “SNP are becoming a talking shop”
      So you have insisted on regurgitating ad nauseum for months on end, do they listen, No, do you ever wonder why?, No.

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      1. Robert Lamont , bla bla bla have you any opinions about current affairs or just about other people,s opinions ? because what you think about my opinion is not news that is of interest to me or anyone else.

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