11 December 2018

Stevenson Warns of 'Stark' Findings in Poverty Report

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has warned a recent report by the Poverty Truth Commission shows UK Government policies on Universal Credit and the two-child cap will have a negative impact on North-East families.

It comes after the body called for the Conservative government to take a more holistic approach to disability and its financial, social and health needs of benefit claimants as well the scrapping of the two-child policy.

The report, ‘Stories From The Benefits Front Line Report’ includes first-hand accounts from people affected by the implementation of a number of policies.

And figures shows an estimated 200,000 children will be pulled into poverty because of the two-child limit while more than 70,000 families have lost their access to child allowances in tax credits or Universal Credit in the first year of the policy.

More than 40,000 families affected are classified as ‘in work’.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“As Christmas approaches, there are many families who will be left struggling because of the implementation of Universal Credit.

“This report reveals harrowing first-hand accounts of the impact changes to the UK Government have had for families throughout Scotland.

“It is a stark warning from the Poverty Truth Commission.

“I know there will be families in the North-East affected by these changes also. It’s disheartening to see so many families adversely impacted by these policies which put families and children at further risk of poverty and debt.”

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