Boris Johnson (pictured) must U-turn on Tory Universal Credit cuts that will leave millions of families £1040 a year worse off – after MPs voted against the move.
David Linden MP said Douglas Ross and his five “spineless” Scottish Tory MPs had abandoned people in Scotland by abstaining on the cuts, which will make 400,000 Scottish families poorer, including 3,150 families with children in the Scottish Tory leader’s marginal Moray constituency.
The SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson said it was now beyond all doubt that people in Scotland are financially worse off under the Tories – and the only way to keep Scotland safe from more Tory cuts is to become an independent country.
Commenting, SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson David Linden MP said:
“Boris Johnson’s damaging plan to slash the incomes of six million people by £1040 a year will push even more families into poverty and crisis.
“Low and middle income workers are being hammered by this Tory government.
“There must be a U-turn.
“As a direct result of Tory cuts and tax hikes, the UK now has the worst levels of poverty and inequality in north west Europe – and the highest levels of in-work poverty this century.
“It beggars belief that Douglas Ross and his spineless Scottish Tory MPs have, yet again, abandoned people in Scotland by abstaining on these cuts, which will leave 400,000 people in Scotland worse off, including more than one in three families with children.
“It is now beyond doubt that millions of families are financially worse off under the Tories.
“The only way to keep Scotland safe from Tory cuts is to become an independent country, with the full powers needed to build a strong, fair and equal recovery.”