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SNP vow to kick the private sector out of Scotland’s benefit assessment system

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The new Scottish Social Security system will reject the callous policy agenda of the hard-right Tory party by ensuring that the people using the service are put before the interests of private companies hoping to make a quick profit, the Scottish Government announced today.

Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman confirmed that there would be no contracting with the private sector in the Scottish Government’s model for assessments for Scotland’s benefits – and the move has been welcomed by SNP MSP Sandra White.

It signals a clear break from the Tory government approach which has seen private companies profit from the failed assessments process the Tories have imposed on people – one that the Scottish Government will fundamentally change, introducing respect and dignity to the system.

Commenting SNP MSP Sandra White, who convenes Holyrood’s Social Security Committee, said: “Today’s announcement by the Scottish Government is to be very much welcomed and proves once again the SNP’s commitment to building a new social security system with dignity and respect at its heart – a clear divergence from the cruel system imposed by the Tories at Westminster.

“While the Tories impose cruel and ineffective sanctions, cut the benefit payments on those who need it most, stop housing benefit for those under the age of 21, continue with the hated bedroom tax, and bring about the most vile and disgusting policy imaginable in the two child cap and rape clause, the SNP has a strong record of standing against these disgraceful policies.

“And, where we will get limited powers over social security, the SNP will introduce a system Scotland can be proud of and works for the people not against them.

“The SNP Scottish Government has spent over £350 million in mitigating callous Tory welfare cuts, opposed the Tories’ reckless closure of job centres across the country, laid out concrete and substantial alternatives to the cruel and ineffective sanctions regime, and made absolutely clear our opposition to the vile Tory rape clause.

“Profit has no place in assessments for benefits and today’s announcement ensures that the people of Scotland will not be used as cash cows for private sector firms.”


This is an official press release from the Scottish Nation Party (SNP). Headline chosen by Welfare Weekly.


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