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Tory Chancellor Out of Touch With Families in Scotland

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Sunak (pictured) slashing people’s incomes while extending luxury mansion.

Rishi Sunak is “completely out of touch” with families in Scotland – as the Tory Chancellor presses ahead with damaging plans to slash the incomes of six million families at the same time as planning a luxury leisure extension to his country mansion.

Anne McLaughlin MP said Tory ministers were showing, yet again, that they “don’t have a clue” what it’s like to get by on an average income – as the Chancellor cuts Universal Credit payments by £1040 a year while planning a new swimming pool, gym and tennis court at his £1.5million grade II listed manor house.

Research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, published yesterday, revealed more than one in three (37%) families with children in Scotland will lose £1,040 per year if the Tory cuts to Universal Credit go ahead in September.

Glasgow North East will be one of the hardest hit with over half (54%) of all families with children impacted.

It comes after Boris Johnson defended the cuts by saying he didn’t want families dependent on “welfare” despite having solicited tens of thousands in donations to supplement his taxpayer-funded lifestyle – including luxury holidays and a refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.

Commenting, Anne McLaughlin MP said:

“It beggars belief that Rishi Sunak is slashing the incomes of six million families by £1040 a year, while planning a luxury leisure extension to his multi-million pound country mansion.

“Yet again, Tory ministers are showing they are completely out of touch with families in Scotland and don’t have a clue what it’s like to get by on an average income.

“After a decade of Tory cuts, the UK already has the worst levels of poverty and inequality of any country in north west Europe – and in-work poverty has risen to record levels this century.

“The Chancellor might be living the high life with a personal swimming pool, gym, and tennis court – but if these Tory cuts go ahead many families will be on the breadline, struggling to get by, and worried about how they will afford to put food on the table.

“There must be a U-turn.

“It is clear the Tories have no intention of building a fair recovery from covid.

“The only way to keep Scotland safe from Tory cuts is to become an independent country, with the full powers needed to boost incomes and build a strong, fair and equal recovery.”

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