The SNP have renewed calls for Scottish Tories to support calls for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be halted in Scotland, in response to a week of warnings over the damaging effect that it is having on people being migrated to the new benefit system.
George Adam, MSP for Paisley, has written to Tory welfare spokesperson Michelle Ballantyne, urging her to stand up for those suffering under the botched reforms.
This week, the Trussell Trust warned that foodbank usage in Scotland has risen by 15% in the past year, due to the in-built minimum delays in getting first payment of Universal Credit.
A senior DWP official also admitted to a Holyrood committee that a ‘significant number’ of people will be left financially worse off by the new system.
Commenting, George Adam MSP said: “The Tories can’t keep hiding from the fact that their own party is responsible for Universal Credit – which has been an absolute shambles from day one.
“The fact that even Tory MPs at Westminster are rebelling against welfare cuts and calling for an end to the benefit freeze makes the deafening silence from Michelle Ballantyne and her Tory colleagues even more disgraceful.
“The roll-out of Universal Credit must be halted until all the many problems of it can be fixed – there is no alternative.
“If the Tories won’t listen to the advice from experts, charities or real people who are saying that the scheme is a mess, then who will they listen to?
“It’s time for the Tories in Scotland to grow a spine, and stand up and be counted.
“People in Scotland deserve a parliament that can speak with one voice against such a destructive policy.”