Universal credit claimants in West Lothian have been forced to apply for advance payments totalling up to £3.04 million since the introduction of the controversial new benefit.

£80 million worth of these advance payments have had to be made across Scotland as the Tory designed system buckles under the pressure.

These are interest free loans but it is expected that the cash is paid back

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“It is clear the public are fully behind these plans.

“During a time when people’s wages have not grown in line with inflation and the cost of living is on the rise, MSPs should be focused on their duty to their constituents, not amassing wealth on the side.

“I now call on MSPs from other parties across the chamber to support this bill so Scotland can become a standard bearer for democratic accountability”

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