Challenge to NE Tories Over Universal Credit Cuts

Challenge to NE Tories Over Universal Credit Cuts

Published date : 25 August, 2021

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has challenged North-east Tory MPs and MSPs to stand up for low-income families in the area and reject the UK Government's planned cuts to Universal Credit.

The call comes after a YouGov poll revealed two-thirds of people in Scotland are opposed to Tory plans to slash the benefit.

The SNP MP criticised the proposal, saying the move will hit six million people across the UK at a time when furlough winds down completely and energy prices are set to rise.

Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:

“Douglas Ross and the rest of the North-east Tory MPs and MSPs consistently fail to stand up for Scotland and run to fall into line behind Boris Johnson - whether that be to slash aid for the world's poorest, impose Brexit against Scotland's will, or vote against extending free school meals and for cruel migration policies.

“It’s time they started standing-up for low-income families in the North-east and reject the Chancellor's disastrous plans to slash Universal Credit and urge him to make the uplift permanent, extending it to legacy benefits.

“Not only will it hit half a million people in Scotland, but it will knock out the benefits for the Scottish Child Payment.  By failing to stand against these plans the Scottish Tories are failing to stand up for Scotland, given the majority of people here against them.

“We have seen time and again that we cannot trust the Tories to protect the people of Scotland or our recovery - it is vital that we have a choice over our future in a referendum for recovery.” 

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