The SNP has said Amber Rudd must use her new role to “completely overhaul a decade of failed Tory welfare policies” – warning the UK government was punishing the poor with its damaging multi-billion pound cuts to social security.
SNP Social Justice spokesperson, Neil Gray MP, congratulated the new Work and Pensions Secretary on her appointment – but said she must not repeat the mistakes of her many Tory predecessors, calling for an immediate halt and radical reform of Universal Credit, an end to the benefits freeze, and justice for the WASPI 1950s women pensioners.
The MP for Airdrie and Shotts, said Amber Rudd should put the new UN report on poverty in the UK at the top of her reading list.
The UN Rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, warned today that the UK government was in a “state of denial” over extreme poverty in the UK, and had inflicted “great misery” with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies, which had left about 14 million people in poverty and destitution.
Commenting, Neil Gray MP said: “Amber Rudd must use her new role to completely overhaul a decade of failed Tory welfare policies, which have pushed millions of families into poverty and destitution.
“I congratulate the new Work and Pensions Secretary on her appointment – but she must not repeat the mistakes of her many Tory predecessors, who have punished the poor with multi-billion pound cuts to social security and a callous approach.
“The impact of Tory welfare cuts has been laid bare today in a damning report from the United Nations, which warns the UK government is in a “state of denial” over the extent of extreme poverty in the UK, and the damaging impact of its punitive austerity policies.
“Instead of plunging even more families into poverty, the UK government must boost household incomes by halting and radically reforming Universal Credit, ending the benefits freeze, introducing a real Living Wage, and delivering justice for the WASPI women.
“The UK government must also agree to devolve full powers over welfare to the Scottish Parliament – so that the SNP government can build a progressive social security system that has dignity and fairness at its heart.”