SCOTTISH ROLLOUT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT --- Scottish Rollout of Universal Credit begins at 150 jobcentres across the UK, the Westminster Government has been accused of a complete failure to listen. --- Age Scotland - Brian Sloan, CEO --- --- Business for Scotland - Brandon Malone, Interim Chair --- --- Church of Scotland - Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly --- --- Coalition of Care Support Providers in Scotland - Annie Gunner Logan, Director, --- --- Common Weal - The Board --- --- Constitutional Commission - John Drummond, Chairman --- --- Council of Mortgage Lenders - Kennedy Foster, Policy Consultant, Scotland --- --- Cyrenians - Ewan Aitken, CEO --- --- Development Trusts Association - Ian Cooke, Director --- --- East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel - Mark Ormiston, Chair Person --- --- Edinburgh Tenants Federation - Betty Stevenson, Convenor --- --- Engender - Emma Ritch, Executive Director --- --- Food Train - Michelle McCrindle, CEO --- --- Glasgow & West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations - David Bookbinder, Director --- --- Health & Social Care Alliance Scotland - Ian Welsh, CEO --- --- Inclusion Scotland - Bill Scott, Director of Policy --- --- Money Advice Scotland - Yvonne MacDermid OBE, CEO --- --- Quarriers - Alice Drife, CEO --- --- Scottish Association of Social Work - Trisha Hall, Country Manager --- --- Scottish Children's Services Coalition - Sophie Pilgrim, Member --- --- Scottish Community Alliance - Angus Hardie, Director --- --- Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations - Martin Sime, CEO --- --- Scottish Out of School Care Network - Irene Audain MBE, CEO --- --- Scottish Trade Unions Council - David Moxham, Deputy General Secretary --- --- Scottish Women's Aid - Lily Greenan, CEO --- --- Sense Scotland - Andy Kerr, CEO --- --- Social Enterprise Scotland - Fraser Kelly, CEO --- --- Social Firms Scotland - Pauline Graham, CEO --- --- St Martins Parish Pastoral Council, Tranent - Fr James Smith. Parish Priest --- --- The Equality Network - Tim Hopkins, Director --- --- The Jimmy Reid Foundation - Bob Thomson, Convener --- --- The Poverty Alliance Peter Kelly, Director --- --- The Wise Group - Laurie Russell, CEO --- --- The Trussell Trust - David McAuley, CEO --- --- Turning Point Scotland - Martin Cawley, CEO --- --- Who Cares? Scotland - Duncan Dunlop, CEO --- --- Voluntary Action Scotland - Calum Irving, CEO --- --- Voluntary Health Scotland - Claire Stevens, CEO --- --- YouthLink Scotland - Jim Sweeney, CEO --- --- Zero Tolerance - Laura Tomson, Co-director --- --- Signatories from Housing Assoc. due to be part of the next stage of Universal Credit roll-out: --- --- ARK Housing Association - Jane Gray, CEO --- --- Barony Housing Association - Rebecca Wilson, CEO --- --- Bield Housing & Care - Brian Logan, CEO --- --- Blackwood - Fanchea Kelly, CEO --- --- Cairn Housing Association - Jason MacGilp, CEO --- --- Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association - Alister Steele, Managing Director --- --- Dunedin Canmore Group - Ewan Fraser, CEO --- --- Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association - Helen Murdoch, CEO --- --- Knowes Housing Association - Pierre De Fence, Director --- --- Lister Housing Co-operative - Alistair Cant, Director --- --- Manor Estates Housing Association - Lynn McDonald, Director --- --- Melville Housing Association - Andrew Noble, CEO --- --- Prospect Community Housing - Brendan Fowler, Director --- --- Trafalgar Housing Association - Paul McShane, Director --- --- Trust Housing Association - Bob McDougall, CEO --- --- West Granton Housing Co-operative - Gerry Gillies, CEO"/>
SHOWS WESTMINSTER IS FAILING TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND.
Scottish Rollout of Universal Credit begins at 150 jobcentres across the UK, the Westminster Government has been accused of a complete failure to listen.
Numerous welfare organisations have called for the rollout of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments to be halted until plans to devolve some welfare powers to Scotland are carried out.
Last month, 56 charity organisations in Scotland wrote to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith calling for the rollout of Universal Credit to be halted until the process of legislating for new welfare powers for Scotland is completed.
Despite these calls, the rollout of Universal Credit has continued with 150 job centres moving over to the benefit from today (Monday).
Commenting, SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said:
“As the rollout of Universal Credit steps up a gear today, the Westminster Government has once again shown that it is completely incapable of listening.
“Extensive evidence has been put forward by charity organisations from across Scotland that the rollout should be stopped while powers are transferred, but Iain Duncan Smith refuses to act.
“With charity organisations on the front line of dealing with Westminster’s welfare cuts simply being ignored, it is clearer than ever that Westminster cannot be trusted to make decisions over welfare on Scotland’s behalf.
“Of course the fact is that the current proposals for welfare devolution go nowhere near far enough and leave far too much control in the hands of Westminster.
“Electing a strong team of SNP MPs in May will ensure that Scotland’s voice cannot be ignored, and use our clout in a hung parliament to gain the welfare responsibilities we need to build a fairer society.”