COMMENT – UNIVERSAL CREDIT AND AN INCREASE IN FOODBANK USAGE

Commenting on the increase in foodbank usage in Rutherglen and Cambuslang, much of which is attributed to Universal Credit and sanctions, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“Since its roll-out across South Lanarkshire, Universal Credit has been devastating for my constituents. By 2020-2021, Scottish people will have lost £3.7 billion through UK Government cuts to welfare spending, and that’s money coming out of the pockets of the lowest income families in our country and out of local communities.

“The UK Work and Pensions secretary has herself admitted that families will be worse off, with reports claiming she has told colleagues that millions of families will lose £200 each and every month.

“Whilst I am grateful for the great work of Rutherglen and Cambuslang Foodbank, it shouldn’t need to be like this. The UK Government can take steps right now to minimise the impact on people. They must lift the benefits freeze, stop sanctions, end the two-child limit and the vile ‘rape clause’, and halt the roll-out of Universal Credit.”

 

Date published: 15th October 2018

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