Stirling SNP has criticised the rollout of Universal Credit to the Stirling area – which took place last month.
Bannockburn and Eastern Villages Councillor Maureen Bennison has said that the changes to support for families were unfair and have come from an out-of-touch Tory Government in Westminster.
The removal of the family element of Tax Credits in Universal Credit means that new families applying for support will lose around £545 a year.
According to the Resolution Foundation think-tank, a single working parent could face a loss of £2,800 a year as a result of the reduced amount received through Universal Credit.
The UK Government has also removed housing support for 18-21-year-olds who are in receipt of Universal Credit. In response, the SNP Scottish Government is working with Stirling Council to provide continued support so that young people in Stirling are not affected by these cuts.
Commenting, Councillor Bennison said:
“Universal Credit is a cut to welfare support under a new name from an out-of-touch Tory Government in Westminster who are more interested in giving tax cuts to millionaires than supporting the most vulnerable in our communities.
“Families and individuals, who are already struggling to make ends meet, will be forced into even deeper poverty as a result of the callous Tory attack on poorer people. This is particularly concerning for new claimants who face an admin process of up to six weeks to be fully assessed.
“The SNP Scottish Government already spends over £400 million every year to mitigate the very worst of Tory cuts to welfare support. It is wholly unfair that an austerity programme that Scotland has never supported is being forced upon those who are least able to bear the burden.
“SNP MPs in Westminster have continually called on the Tory Government to halt the rollout of Universal Credit which is only leaving people in real hardship by making them worse off. Our own newly-elected Tory MP should put the people he represents here in Stirling before the party and call for cuts to welfare support to stop.”