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7 January 2019

Stevenson Welcomes Social Security Investment from Scottish Government

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomes investment of more than £125million by the Scottish Government to help those impacted by welfare reforms.

Scottish Ministers are on course to invest the funding to help mitigate against the impact of UK Government reforms and help protect those on low incomes.

It comes after the new Social Security agency spent £34 million making more than 150,000 payments of Carers Allowance Supplement and Best Start Grants last month.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“The Scottish Government is working hard to provide significant help to carers and low-income families with children.

“It is clear that UK Government welfare reforms have had a stark impact on the lives of many people.

“We must provide as much support as we can to help those in need and this funding does just that, including £51 million to help mitigate against the bedroom tax, £38 million for the Scottish Welfare Fund and £1.8 million to launch a new financial health check service.

“The Scottish service approach to social security is based on the principles of fairness, dignity and respect. A distinct approach that seeks to help those in need unlike the UK Government’s harsh welfare reforms.”

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