Tory Austerity Threat to Stirling Shows Why Independence Is Crucial


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7000 Local Households At Risk From Largest Ever Real Terms Benefit Cut

Local MP Alyn Smith has said the austerity threat to families in Stirling shows why independence for Scotland is so crucial, following stark warnings on the impact of real terms benefits cuts in the area.

7,000 households in Stirling are set to be subjected to the largest real terms permanent benefits cut in a single year, if Tory plans to uprate benefits in line with earnings rather than inflation come to fruition, according to analysis from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

Contrasting the approach to the cost of living crisis between the SNP Scottish Government and Conservative UK government, Alyn Smith MP said Scots households were being punished under the Tories austerity agenda, with the Scottish Parliament’s efforts to tackle poverty consistently undermined by Westminster.

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘The latest Westminster Tory austerity threat facing 7,000 households here in Stirling goes to show exactly why independence is so crucial as a means to escape the callous Conservatives once and for all. 

‘Amidst a brutal cost of living crisis, local families and households are set to be hammered by the  largest permanent benefits cut in a single year ever, imposed by a party seemingly focused alone on making their mega-rich friends even richer.

‘Their approach to this crisis could not be more at odds with the Scottish Government, who’ve just uprated eight benefits as well as increasing the Scottish Child Payment and doubled the four annual bridging payments.

‘Sadly however that is work that is being completely undermined by Westminster Tories who seem determined to consign millions more to extreme poverty and destitution.’

‘Households in Stirling can no longer afford the rising price of Westminster rule and must be able to escape with the full powers of independence.’

Notes for Editors:

New analysis shows vast scale of impact across parliamentary constituencies if benefits don’t rise by inflation