Neil Findlay has welcomed the announcement by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP that an incoming Labour Government will scrap Universal credit.
The introduction of universal credit was supposed to simplify and streamline the social security system, but in reality it has left tens of thousands of people worse off with many reporting they are in real financial difficulties. West Lothian Council’s advice shop, The Citizens Advice Bureau and West Lothian Food Bank all report increasing numbers of clients being forced into poverty as a result of these changes.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“Universal credit has been a disaster. People are losing, on average, £48 per week from the changes. This is having a desperate impact on families who are being forced to turn to charities to seek assistance for some of the most basic things like food. John McDonnell is absolutely right to commit an incoming Labour Government to scrapping Universal credit. Child poverty is rising and it is being fuelled by this totally mishandled change to the benefits system.”