35,668 PEOPLE IN FIFE HIT BY TORY PLANS TO CUT UNIVERSAL CREDIT 

Published date : 22 Jan 2021

LOCAL TORY MSPS URGED TO BACK U-TURN ON REMOVAL OF £20 UPLIFT

 

Tory MSPs have been urged to back a U-turn on Tory plans to cut Universal Credit in the middle of an economic crisis  - after new figures revealed that Boris Johnson’s plan to remove the £20 per week uplift in April would hit around 36,000 people in Fife.

 

Latest statistics show that in November 2020 there were 35,668 people claiming Universal Credit in Fife in November. If all these people remain on Universal Credit until April, then they will be affected by the removal of the £20 uplift.

 

The SNP has repeatedly called on the Westminster Tory government to maintain the £20 boost to Universal Credit and extend it to legacy benefits - yet all six Scottish Tory MPs abstained on a vote which would have ensured that. 

 

Anti-poverty think-tank the Resolution Foundation estimates that the cut to Universal Credit by £20 a week could see the incomes of low-income families fall by more than four per cent (4%) and plunge a further 820,000 children into poverty across the UK.

 

SNP MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Jenny Gilruth said: 

 

“By slashing social security payments by £1,000 a year, in the middle of an economic crisis, the Tories could push around 36,000 people here in Fife further into hardship and poverty.

 

"There must be an immediate U-turn on this, to avoid worsening poverty and inequality across the country during the Covid-19 crisis - and I would urge local MSPs to support this. 

 

"Although the SNP government has led the way in tackling poverty, with new benefits like the Scottish Child Payment and a social security system based on dignity and respect, this progress is being severely undermined by Tory cuts. 

 

“It is crucial that the £20 uplift to Universal Credit is made permanent and extended to legacy benefits, as part of a wider package to boost incomes after a decade of damaging Tory austerity cuts. 

 

"Scotland shouldn't have to wait for Westminster to act to protect the incomes of the most vulnerable in our society. The only way to secure a strong, fair and equal recovery is for Scotland to become an independent country - with the full powers needed to build a fairer society."

 

 

ENDS

 

Notes: 

 

Month

November 2020 (p)

 

National - Regional - LA - OAs

 
 

Scotland

474881

 

Aberdeen City

17829

 

Aberdeenshire

14189

 

Angus

9511

 

Argyll and Bute

6238

 

City of Edinburgh

36735

 

Clackmannanshire

5379

 

Dumfries and Galloway

11720

 

Dundee City

16413

 

East Ayrshire

13642

 

East Dunbartonshire

6113

 

East Lothian

9540

 

East Renfrewshire

4508

 

Falkirk

13910

 

Fife

35668

 

Glasgow City

71019

 

Highland

19827

 

Inverclyde

8960

 

Midlothian

8448

 

Moray

6466

 

Na h-Eileanan Siar

1536

 

North Ayrshire

15558

 

North Lanarkshire

33766

 

Orkney Islands

997

 

Perth and Kinross

10237

 

Renfrewshire

15462

 

Scottish Borders

8332

 

Shetland Islands

1151

 

South Ayrshire

10459

 

South Lanarkshire

29478

 

Stirling

6815

 

West Dunbartonshire

9302

 

West Lothian

15675

 

Total

474881

 

 

 

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