The majority of people in Scotland are opposed to further cuts to the welfare budget, according to a new poll.
A Survation poll found that 33% of people in Scotland support an increase in social security spending, while 31% said spending should be kept at current levels. Only 18% were in favour of further cuts.
Responding to the results, SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said:
“The Tories’ minimum wage con-trick is fast unravelling – with the IFS’s damning analysis that Tory cuts to the work allowance and income threshold elements of universal credit and tax credits alone will cost 3 million families an average of £1,000 a year, their verdict is that George Osborne is taking ‘much more’ from poorer households than richer ones.
“The Tories’ claims in the referendum that a No vote would mean a UK welfare system which helped the poorest in society has been shredded – by George Osborne’s Tory Budget.
“Therefore, it is no surprise that this poll shows a large majority of Scots want Holyrood to protect welfare spending, instead of targeting some of the most poorest and vulnerable in society the way the Tories are. T
“The SNP Government will use all of the new powers devolved to the Scottish Parliament sensibly, in the best interests of the people of Scotland, while continuing to balance the books.”
A recent poll by YouGov in June suggests that UK public opinion is split on the Tories proposal to slash welfare spending by £12bn.
42% believed it was the wrong thing to do, while 40% supported the move ‘in principle’. 19% remained unsure.
The poll also shows that 47% of respondents believe the government should protect tax credits for working people – 41% supported cuts. And 58% said pensioner benefits, such as free bus passes and free television licence, should be protected.
However, 55% said benefits should be limited for people out of work and 58% agreed that the government should curb child benefit payments.
43% supported stopping housing benefit for under 25’s, while 39% were opposed to the plan.