MP warns against cash cuts

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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”.

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