Calls to halt roll-out of Universal Credit
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.”