A Tory MSP has written to the editor of the Herald newspaper, warning that her own party’s Universal Credit policy risks “failing those who the system set out to support”.
In a remarkably frank letter, which will make difficult reading for many of her Tory colleagues, Annie Wells details the scale of the issue facing her constituents in the city of Glasgow “who are worried about the impact the rollout will have on their lives”.
Ms Wells calls for reassurances from her colleagues in the UK government that the views of the “most vulnerable in our society . . . will be listened to” and the rollout of Universal Credit does not continue to adversely impact families across Scotland, who are being driven into poverty and relying on foodbanks as a direct result of this disastrous Tory policy.
Commenting, the SNP’s George Adam MSP who sits on Holyrood’s Social Security Committee said: “This is an incredibly frank, yet welcome, admission from a Tory MSP that the rollout of Universal Credit is having a damaging impact on people’s lives.
“There is no doubt has been a disaster – driving kids into poverty and forcing families to rely on foodbanks.
“But Annie Wells cannot hide from the fact it is her own party which is responsible for Universal Credit, and it’s her party which is refusing to back down in face of truly devastating evidence of the human cost.
“You have to wonder why on earth she’s writing to the Herald editor, instead of persuading her Tory colleagues to bring a halt to the rollout of this failed policy.
“And if Annie Wells can speak out, it simply exposes the deafening silence on this issue from Ruth Davidson and her 13 Scottish Tory MPs.”
Disclaimer: This is an official press release from the Scottish National Party (SNP). Headline and imagery added by Welfare Weekly.