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The Scottish National Party (SNP) has slammed the Tory-led coalition Government over their apparent inability to listen to serious concerns raised over the roll out of welfare reforms in Scotland.

Numerous welfare organisations have called for the roll out of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments to be immediately halted, while plans to devolve some welfare powers to Scotland are carried out.

In January, fifty-six charity organisations wrote to the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith MP, urging an immediate halt to welfare reforms in Scotland.

Despite these concerns, Iain Duncan Smith has today announced the UK Government’s intention to speed up the national roll out of Universal Credit.

SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said:

“As the rollout of Universal Credit steps up a gear today, the Westminster Government has once again shown that it is completely incapable of listening.

“Extensive evidence has been put forward by charity organisations from across Scotland that the rollout should be stopped while powers are transferred, but Iain Duncan Smith refuses to act.

“With charity organisations on the front line of dealing with Westminster’s welfare cuts simply being ignored, it is clearer than ever that Westminster cannot be trusted to make decisions over welfare on Scotland’s behalf.

“Of course the fact is that the current proposals for welfare devolution go nowhere near far enough and leave far too much control in the hands of Westminster.

“Electing a strong team of SNP MPs in May will ensure that Scotland’s voice cannot be ignored, and use our clout in a hung parliament to gain the welfare responsibilities we need to build a fairer society.”

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