MSPs pre­pare to give McVey a grilling

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Tory ben­e­fits ax­e­woman Es­ther McVey will be grilled by MSPs to­mor­row about her Gov­ern­ment’s shame­ful record on so­cial se­cu­rity.

The Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary has been called to give ev­i­dence about “on­go­ing is­sues with uni­ver­sal credit and the trans­fer of so­cial se­cu­rity pow­ers from West­min­ster to Holy­rood”.

Scot­tish Labour have pro­duced a dossier de­tail­ing the key fail­ures they be­lieve McVey must ad­dress dur­ing the ses­sion.

The party’s so­cial se­cu­rity spokesman Mark Grif­fin MSP said: “The Tories’ record on so­cial se­cu­rity is ter­ri­ble. From the hated bed­room tax to the vile rape clause, their wel­fare re­form has been one big ex­cuse to de­liver tax cuts for big busi­ness and the rich­est by cut­ting sup­port for the poor, the sick and the dis­abled.

“These pol icies aren’t just cal­lous and cruel, they are coun­ter­pro­duc­tive – 70 per cent of work ca­pa­bil­ity as­sess­ments are over­turned, the ben­e­fits freeze is sim­ply adding to the cost of liv­ing cri­sis and the roll- out of uni­ver­sal credit has been an ab­so­lute dis­as­ter.

“Es­ther McVey’s gov­ern­ment have at­tempted to rip the so­cial se­cu­rity safety net apart – she now needs to an­swer why.”

McVey said : “I wel­come ap­pear­ing be­fore the com­mit­tee.

“The Gov­ern­ment are work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Scot­tish ex­ec­u­tive to de­liver the best out­comes for the peo­ple of Scot­land and we are proud that as a re­sult of our ac­tions there are now over 200,000 more peo­ple in work in Scot­land since 2010.

“We want to bui ld on that strong record and help de­liver the Scot­land Act of 2016”.

SNP MSP Clare Adam­son, con­vener of the so­cial se­cu­rity com­mit­tee, said: “The meet­ing will be a chance for us to can­didly ex­plore the main is­sues fac­ing so­cial se­cu­rity in Scot­land.”

Last week, we re­ported how an agree­ment to make changes to the uni­ver­sal credit sys­tem to stop peo­ple in Scot­land be­ing pe­nalised by the bed­room tax had been post­poned un­til at least May 2020.

Labour plan to ques­tion McVey about that de­lay in the trans­fer of pow­ers.

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