Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed new figures showing that low-income households in the North-east have been supported by £3.9million from the Scottish Government.
Households in Aberdeenshire have received £1,736,670 from Low Income Pandemic Payments and £2,255,200 from Bridging Payments that support families with children in receipt of free school meals.
Across Scotland, these payments have amounted to the Scottish Government delivering more than £145million to more than 530,000 low-income households – including more than 143,000 school age children receiving Bridging Payments.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“While Westminster has been cutting support to those who need it, the Scottish Government has stepped-up to provide assistance to families.
“The pandemic has created a range of problems and challenges for many families – be that a drop in income or job losses, to the increase in fuel costs and the Conservative Government’s cost-of-living crisis. The £3.9million of support from the Scottish Government is therefore very welcome indeed.
“As we go forward, there will be continuing pressure on household budgets and it’s reassuring that the Scottish Government are focussed on helping those who need it most and their commitment to delivering bridging payments this year.
“The Scottish Government has extended the Scottish Child Payment to under 16s and is doubling the payment to £20 per week per child from April. Meanwhile the UK Government is cutting support for those who need it most and implementing unfair tax hikes on households. The contrast between which of the two governments are there for people when times are hard could not be more stark.”