SNP: Use bud­get to boost in­comes

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

The SNP has called on the UK Govern­ment to use this month’s Bud­get to boost in­comes af­ter what it de­scribed as a “decade of de­cline” in liv­ing stan­dards. The party’s econ­omy spokes­woman, Kirsty Black­man MP, said a string of mea­sures, in­clud­ing halt­ing the Univer­sal Credit wel­fare changes and in­tro­duc­ing the real liv­ing wage, could help the econ­omy.

She said: “The UK govern­ment must use the Bud­get to de­liver a ma­jor and long-over­due boost to in­comes – putting cash back into peo­ple’s pock­ets af­ter a Tory decade of de­cline in liv­ing stan­dards.”

Last week Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary Es­ther Mcvey was forced to de­fend the new ben­e­fit sys­tem amid re­ports

3.2 mil­lion house­holds will lose more than £2,000 per year.

She told the BBC some peo­ple would lose out be­cause the govern­ment had made “tough” spend­ing de­ci­sions in 2015.

But she in­sisted the most vul­ner­a­ble would be pro­tected.

The SNP has also said called for the UK Govern­ment re­fund the £150 mil­lion VAT charged to Scot­land’s 999 emer­gency ser­vices.

VAT was charged be­tween 2013 and 2017 af­ter the cre­ation of sin­gle po­lice and fire ser­vices.

Kirsty Black­man MP

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