28 December 2018

Labour says the Tories’ benefit cap is pushing more families into poverty as figures reveal up to 150,000 children in Scotland could be subject to it.

A hallmark of UK Government social security cuts, the cap limits how much a family can receive to £384.62 a week.

Figures published this month reveal that 150,900 children are in out of work households, including:

• 26,130 in Glasgow

• 9,350 in Edinburgh

• 5,730 in Dundee

• 4,320 in Aberdeen

Labour social security spokesperson Mark Griffin said:

“Up to 150,000 Scottish children could be at risk from the Tory benefit cap – vulnerable families who are facing cuts because of austerity.

“The cap is immoral and unnecessary, and has a disproportionate impact on families, especially single mothers, struggling to make ends meet and those with children. The Tories have tried to rip up the social security safety net – plunging families across the UK into poverty as a result.

"Holyrood's new powers over social security allow us the opportunity to build a different type of country. One based on fairness, dignity and respect.

“Labour would make fairer choices on social security, like scrapping the two-child cap on tax credits, increasing Child Benefit by £5 per week, and using the Scottish Parliament as a platform to eradicate poverty and inequality in our society.”


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