MP warns against cash cuts
EFFORTS must be made to ensure people are not starving due to UK Government policy, Aberdeen North MP Kirsty Blackman has said.
Universal Credit was fully introduced to the north-east this week and some are receiving less cash than before.
Responding to criticism, the UK Government has put in extra funding but, in a Westminster debate, Ms Blackman said it was like “taking £100 away, giving £50 back and saying ‘You should be grateful’.”
She added: “It would be better to make decisions on the basis of how much people need to live on and what amount of money would encourage people to get into work.
“We need to ensure people are not starving as a result of the policies.”
Secretary of State Esther Mcvey said she had listened to concerns “and that is why an extra £4.5 billion has gone into Universal Credit. We are targeting money to the most vulnerable”.