400,000 more people could be plunged into poverty if the Tories plough ahead with their real-term benefit cuts this April, according to a new study.
Analysis from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed the devastating impact uprating benefits by just 3.1% will have on households across the four nations, as inflation sets to hit 7%.
The analysis also suggested that around nine million households on means-tested benefits could face a real-term cut of £500 per year.
The SNP’s Shadow Chancellor, Alison Thewliss MP, has urged Rishi Sunak to stop “focusing on a Tory leadership race” and instead introduce an emergency budget including introducing a Real Living Wage, reversing the Universal Credit cut, matching the Scottish Child Payment, and turning his insulting energy loan into a grant.
Commenting, the SNP’s Shadow Chancellor Alison Thewliss MP said:
“This Tory-made cost of living crisis is hammering families across all four nations of the UK.
“It is time for the Chancellor to stop focusing on a Tory leadership race, and instead deliver meaningful change to help those being hit hardest by his government’s policies.
“In order to do this, Rishi Sunak must introduce an emergency budget that delivers a Real Living Wage, reverses the £1040 cut to Universal Credit, matches the SNP Scottish Government’s game-changing Scottish Child Payment, and change his callous energy loan into a more generous grant.
“However, for as long as the Chancellor ignores these calls, he will continue to undermine Scotland’s efforts to help families tackle this crisis.
“For every step we take forward, billionaires like Rishi Sunak drag us back.
“That is why the only way to keep Scotland safe from this corrupt, dysfunctional, outdated Westminster system is to become an independent country, with the full powers needed to build a fairer society for all.”