By Bill Heaney
Jackie Baillie, pictured left, MSP for Dumbarton constituency, has called on the Tory Government to reverse their “catastrophic” cut to Universal Credit.
New figures from Scottish Labour have revealed the devastating impact the cut will have in West Dunbartonshire, where up to 34% of households will be affected.
This means up to 14,475 households locally will lose up to £1,040 a year. Similarly in Argyll and Bute, 21% of households – equating to 8,792 households – will be affected.
Jackie Baillie has demanded the Tories “cancel the cut” and called on the SNP to show “ambition” setting out a better path in Scotland.
She said: ““The Tories are inflicting untold damage on communities with this disgraceful cut – while the Prime Minister laughs about it.
“There was never any justification for this, but it is all the more dangerous to press ahead with this cut as a cost of living crisis grows.
“It’s not too late for the Tories to do the right thing and cancel this catastrophic cut.
“This uplift was an essential lifeline during the pandemic, but it was also an admission that our social security system is not fit for purpose. It wasn’t good enough for those who needed it during the pandemic and it’s not good enough for those who need it now.
“The Tories have given up any pretense of caring about the most vulnerable in our society. If they refuse to cancel the cut it will go down in history as a particularly shameful act from a cruel and uncaring government.
“We can take a different path in Scotland – the Scottish Government already have powers to create new benefits, but it will require real ambition from the SNP.
“Both governments must pull out every stop to prevent poverty and deliver a truly fair recovery from the pandemic.”