TORY AUSTERITY THREAT TO FAMILIES IN DUNDEE EAST SHOWS WHY INDEPENDENCE IS CRUCIAL
9,418 LOCAL HOUSEHOLDS TO BE HIT BY LARGEST EVER REAL TERMS BENEFIT CUT
Local MP Stewart Hosie has said the austerity threat to families in Dundee Est shows why independence for Scotland is so crucial, following stark warnings on the impact of real terms benefits cuts in the area.
9,418 households in Dundee East 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, Stewart Hosie MP, said Scots households were being punished under the Tories austerity agenda, with the Scottish Parliaments efforts to tackle poverty being consistently undermined by Westminster.
Commenting, Stewart Hosie MP said:
“The latest Westminster Tory austerity threat facing 9,418 here in Dundee East 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 could not be more at odds on this crisis 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 Dundee East can no longer afford the rising price of Westminster rule and must be able to escape with the full powers of independence.”
Source: New analysis shows vast scale of impact across parliamentary constituencies if benefits don’t rise by inflation | JRF