Westminster’s welfare cuts will hit poor and cost Scottish jobs

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An SNP MP has accused the Conservative Lib Dem coalition of attacking the poor and vulnerable after a report by Scottish Poverty groups claimed that UK Government welfare reforms will lead to cuts that will put 1000s of Scottish jobs at risk.

 

An SNP MP has accused the Conservative Lib Dem coalition of attacking the poor and vulnerable after a report by Scottish Poverty groups claimed that UK Government welfare reforms will lead to cuts that will put 1000s of Scottish jobs at risk.

The MP for Banff and Buchan Dr. Eilidh Whiteford called the reforms “rushed” and accused the Con Dem coalition of making cuts for the sake of cuts.

The report, released on the same day that Nick Clegg endorsed Conservative welfare proposals, reveals that changes to Disability Living Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Housing Benefit, freezes on Child Benefit and other benefits including public sector pensions would take up to £6m from the Scottish economy every year – directly jeopardising 14,000 jobs.

Dr Whiteford said:
“This report demonstrates the wider impact on the economy of the Con/Dem coalition’s rushed benefit reforms which look increasingly like an attack on the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

“While reform is necessary, it must be done carefully and decisions on entitlements based on medical need.

“We simply must not have cuts for the sake of cuts. Not only would that risk forcing the truly vulnerable in society into a perilous position, it also takes vital capital out of the economy without consideration of the impact.”