A Poverty Alliance survey has revealed that one in three Scots on a low income are struggling to put food on the table, as Scotland pays a heavy price for the Tories’ unrelenting austerity agenda.
The study shows that too many ordinary Scots claim they are skipping meals, unable to pay bills and and borrowing to get by – with many wishing they could save up or afford to socialise more.
According to the survey, 46% of those earning less than £14,000 are so stressed about their finances that it is negatively affecting their work life.
It is expected that the latest Tory welfare policies, such as the family cap and rape clause, will drag hundreds of thousands more children below the poverty line – leaving working families unable to make up for the cuts.
Commenting, Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said: “This research paints a stark picture of the harsh reality of life under the Tories for far too many ordinary Scots and their families. Cuts to tax credits in particular are pushing working parents of children into poverty. It is shameful.
“Over the last four years, the SNP in Government has spent over £350 million mitigating against such inhumane Tory austerity cuts as the bedroom tax, and we are now fighting a similar battle over the rape clause.
“We cannot let the Tories off the hook and continue to use money earmarked for devolved public services to mitigate every bad Tory policy, while the Treasury pockets the money that should be in the pockets of hard working parents.
“Scotland knows there has always been a price for voting Tory – but the price of voting Tory at this election has never been higher.
“Only the SNP will stand up to the Tories’ austerity policies, to a blatant disregard for Scotland’s interests and to a blind and damaging crusade towards a hard Tory Brexit.”
This is an official press release from the Scottish National Party (SNP).