Calls to halt roll-out of Uni­ver­sal Credit

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

The SNP has said the UK govern­ment must halt the roll­out of Uni­ver­sal Credit, af­ter a new re­port re­vealed the Tory pol­icy will leave 3.2 mil­lion house­holds around £50 a week worse off com­pared with tax cred­its.

The re­port, pub­lished to­day by the Joseph Rown­tree Foun­da­tion (JRF), also re­vealed that as a re­sult of Tory cuts al­most three mil­lion chil­dren across the UK are now in poverty de­spite liv­ing in a work­ing fam­ily.

SNP So­cial Jus­tice spokesper­son, Neil Gray, said the re­port was an­other damn­ing in­dict­ment of Uni­ver­sal Credit and the Tory govern­ment’s record on poverty. The MP for Aidrie and Shotts called for ur­gent changes - in­clud­ing re­in­stat­ing the work al­lowance and lift­ing the ben­e­fit freeze.

Com­ment­ing, Neil Gray MP said: “In its cur­rent form Uni­ver­sal Credit is sim­ply not fit for pur­pose. It re­quires ur­gent and rad­i­cal changes, in­clud­ing the re­in­state­ment of the work al­lowance and an end to the ben­e­fit freeze.”

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