Stirling MP Backs Coalition in Fight Against Universal Credit Cut

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Local MP Alyn Smith has backed a campaign against cuts to Universal Credit, by the Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security (SCoRSS) – a coalition of over 40 organisations who advocate for a reformed social security system.

Their briefing to MPs shows:

  • A staggering 74% of Citizens Advice Bureau clients on Universal Credit will struggle if the planned £20 a week cut goes through
  • 1 in 4 people claiming UC in Scotland say they are ‘very likely’ to need to skip meals when the cut hits, and 17% say they are very likely to use a food bank
  • As many as 4,000 low-income households (8,000 children) will lose entitlement to Scottish Child Payment if the cut goes ahead, due to the passporting of Scottish Child Payment from UC, meaning these families may face an income cut greater than £20-a-week; and
  • More than half a billion pounds a year will be removed from the Scottish economy, cutting support for some of the most deprived parts of the UK.

Alyn Smith MP, along with parliamentary colleagues across the House of Commons, have united to demand UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP, and the Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey MP, halt the devastating cuts.

Alyn Smith MP said:

The planned £20 cut to Universal Credit, just as my constituents are trying to recover from the pandemic, is economically and morally unsound. Driving more people into poverty will not help Stirling or Scotland recover from the pandemic. Poverty is expensive for everyone, and preventative measures are a far more efficient means of supporting people through economic instability – in a dignified way. 

‘I’m glad umbrella campaign groups like SCoRSS are voicing clear opposition to these cuts, and I’ll be working with parliamentary colleagues within the SNP and other parties to oppose these cuts at every step of the way. This plan of action is a return to austerity, and is needlessly cruel – and will cost us all dearly, not least the most vulnerable in our society.’

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More information can be found here: https://www.cas.org.uk/publications/cas-mp-briefing-uc-adequacy-and-%C2%A320-week-cut-6-september-2021