MSPs prepare to give McVey a grilling
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.