New figures suggests that Tory welfare cuts are costing 10,000 jobs in Scotland, according to the Scottish National Party (SNP).
Research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows that reduced income, caused by UK Government cuts in welfare spending, has resulted in the loss of 10,000 jobs in Scotland.
According to the SNP, £1,520 million has been removed each year from the Scottish economy – equivalent to £440 for every single working-age adult.
Least affluent areas have fared the worst, with Glasgow losing an average £580 per working age adult.
The new data comes after evidence submitted to the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee, from experts at the Sheffield Hallam University, found “little support for the view that welfare reform is having important and positive impacts on the labour market in Scotland”.
A recent investigation by the Institute for fiscal studies, also found that the so-called ‘National Living Wage’ would not compensate for the damage caused to working families’ income by welfare cuts.
SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said: “It’s now abundantly clear that the callous, punitive Tory cuts to social security have failed by even their own standards.
“Not content with pushing vulnerable people even further into poverty while doing nothing to support people into employment, we now know that Tory social security cuts are actually costing thousands of jobs in Scotland by sucking spending power out of our poorest communities.
“With less money in the economy in communities across the country as a result of these welfare cuts, 10,000 people in Scotland now find themselves without work as the consequences of the Tories’ ideological right-wing attack on the poor intensify, creating a vicious circle of unemployment in the areas where this is already acute .
He added: “With his welfare cuts failing by every conceivable measure, it’s time for David Cameron to finally admit that his unfair policies simply don’t work – and for a long overdue U-turn from this Tory government who are more interested in punishing unemployed people than in supporting them back into work.
“And with Westminster’s appalling record on social security, it’s absolutely no wonder that more and more people in Scotland want these key powers to be in Scotland’s hands – rather than in the hands of right-wing Tory ideologues.”