6,815 People in Stirling Area At Risk From Tory Universal Credit Cut


Categories: Inequality, , UK Government (Westminster), Universal Credit

Stirling MP Alyn Smith is calling on the Tory government to u-turn on plans to cut Universal Credit in the middle of an economic crisis  – after new figures revealed that Boris Johnson’s plan to remove the £20 per week uplift in April would hit 6,815 people in Mr Smith’s constituency.

Latest statistics show that in November 2020 there were  people claiming Universal Credit in the Stirling area in November. If all these people remain on Universal Credit until April, then they will be affected by the removal of the £20 uplift.

The SNP has repeatedly called on the Westminster Tory government to maintain the £20 boost to Universal Credit and extend it to legacy benefits – yet all six Scottish Tory MPs abstained on a vote which would have ensured that. 

Anti-poverty think-tank the Resolution Foundation estimates that the cut to Universal Credit by £20 a week could see the incomes of low-income families fall by more than four per cent (4%) and plunge a further 820,000 children into poverty across the UK.

SNP MP Alyn Smith said: 

“By slashing social security payments by £1000 a year, in the middle of an economic crisis, the Tories could push 6,815 people here in the Stirling area further into hardship and poverty.

“There must be an immediate U-turn on this, to avoid worsening poverty and inequality across the country during the Covid-19 crisis – and I would urge local MSPs to support this. 

“Although the SNP government has led the way in tackling poverty, with new benefits like the Scottish Child Payment and a social security system based on dignity and respect, this progress is being severely undermined by Tory cuts. 

“It is crucial that the £20 uplift to Universal Credit is made permanent and extended to legacy benefits, as part of a wider package to boost incomes after a decade of damaging Tory austerity cuts. 

“Scotland shouldn’t have to wait for Westminster to act to protect the incomes of the most vulnerable in our society. The only way to secure a strong, fair and equal recovery is for Scotland to become an independent country – with the full powers needed to build a fairer society.”


MonthNovember 2020 (p)
National – Regional – LA – OAs
Aberdeen City17829
Argyll and Bute6238
City of Edinburgh36735
Dumfries and Galloway11720
Dundee City16413
East Ayrshire13642
East Dunbartonshire6113
East Lothian9540
East Renfrewshire4508
Glasgow City71019
Na h-Eileanan Siar1536
North Ayrshire15558
North Lanarkshire33766
Orkney Islands997
Perth and Kinross10237
Scottish Borders8332
Shetland Islands1151
South Ayrshire10459
South Lanarkshire29478
West Dunbartonshire9302
West Lothian15675