SNP ONLY PARTY OFFERING REAL CHANGE WITH INDEPENDENCE
Colin Beattie, SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, has warned that damaging Tory and Labour policies are cutting the incomes of thousands of working families after new analysis revealed 2,670 children across Midlothian and East Lothian are impacted by the two child benefit cap.
The analysis, conducted by the SNP using the latest available data from the UK Government Department for Work and Pensions, found that 2,670 children in Midlothian and East Lothian are missing out on receiving vital financial support due to the Westminster two child benefit cap.
These findings come on the back of the Labour Party admitting it would keep the Tory two child cap, a policy which has pushed more than 20,000 Scottish children into poverty. In sharp contrast the SNP Government has lifted 90,000 children out of absolute poverty thanks to policies such as the game changing Scottish Child Payment.
Commenting, SNP MSP Colin Beattie said:
“Damaging Westminster policies are cutting the incomes of families across Midlothian North and Musselburgh who are struggling to make ends meet.
“The revelation that 2,670 children in Midlothian and East Lothian are being harmed by the Tory’s cruel two child limit policy is shameful – The SNP Government’s national mission to eradicate child poverty is being undermined by Westminster at every step.
“In the Scottish Parliament this week the SNP backed a motion calling out cruel Westminster welfare policies. All the while Labour MSPs sat on their hands and failed to oppose a policy harming 2,670 children in Midlothian and East Lothian.
“Families across Midlothian North and Musselburgh are suffering like never before – and while Labour under orders from their London bosses are happy to see this continue – the SNP will stand up against harmful Westminster policies at every opportunity.”