Stirling Politicians Demand Social Security U-Turn From Starmer

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Labour Support for Cruel Two-Child Benefit Cap Condemned

Politicians representing Stirling have written a joint letter to Sir Keir Starmer, demanding an immediate U-turn on the cruel two-child benefit cap.

It follows new analysis, conducted by the SNP, showing hundreds of households across Stirling, who are in receipt of Universal Credit or Child Tax Credits, have been hit by the policy and did not receive support for at least one child.

The analysis also revealed that 20,000 children across Scotland have been pushed into poverty this year as a result of the two-child cap. It comes amid a growing backlash against the Labour party’s admission that it would keep the two-child cap, and may keep other damaging Tory cuts.

In the joint letter, Stirling MP Alyn Smith, Stirling MSP Evelyn Tweed and Clackmannanshire & Dunblane MSP Keith Brown have said Sir Keir Starmer “will have abandoned thousands of families in Scotland to poverty” if he fails to scrap the two-child cap – and that “voting SNP is the only way to secure independence and get rid of damaging Westminster governments for good”.

In the letter, they said:

‘As Stirling’s parliamentary representatives in both Westminster and Holyrood, we implore you to rethink your support of cruel Tory austerity policies – particularly your recent u-turn to back the two-child benefit cap.

‘Rightly condemned by charities, campaign groups and even your own Labour party colleagues in London and Edinburgh, we agree that it is a despicable policy which thrusts innocent children into the clutches of poverty.

‘And yet, it seems that your party is indifferent to the suffering of working families, who are already struggling to make ends meet in this cost of living crisis.

‘In Stirling alone, the impact of this heartless policy has devastated households relying on Universal Credit or Child Tax Credits. The Tories may have initiated this abhorrent legacy, but it is utterly reprehensible that your party is now complicit in perpetuating this cruelty. By callously abandoning thousands of families in Scotland to further poverty and hardship, you only prove how dysfunctional and broken the Union really is.

‘You have the power to make a difference, to stand up for the vulnerable, and scrap this flawed policy. Anything short of a complete reversal on this vile policy will only further reveal the depths to which the party you lead have sunk in their pursuit to imitate the Tories.

‘We await your response, as do hundreds of families in Stirling.’

ENDS