TORY PLANS TO PUSH MORE CHILDREN INTO POVERTY

TORY PLANS TO PUSH MORE CHILDREN INTO POVERTY

LEAKED DOCUMENT SHOWS IMPACT ON 40,000 CHILDREN

The SNP is today highlighting a leaked UK Government Department of Work and Pensions document confirming that the Tory plan to lower the household benefit cap could put a further 40,000 children on or below the poverty line.

The leaked document – reported in today’s Guardian – states that if parents are unable to find extra work “Around 40,000 more…children might, in the absence of any behaviour change, find themselves in poverty as a result of reducing the cap to £23,000.”

Commenting, SNP MSP Kevin Stewart said:

“The damning figures in this leaked document show the appalling impact of the Tory government’s relentless assault on the poor – and demonstrate precisely why we need to take urgent action to ensure the Tories’ punitive, indefensible policies aren’t allowed to continue to push more of our children into poverty.

“Behind the scenes, Iain Duncan Smith is clearly well aware that his new policy could push 40,000 more children into poverty – and yet callously seeks to press ahead with his unfair plans.

“Westminster’s attitude to the savage welfare cuts that are inflicting such hardship on so many people underlines why they can’t be allowed to take decisions on social security on Scotland’s behalf any more. The Scottish Parliament needs full powers on social security to allow us to support and empower people – rather than pushing more people into poverty like the Tories are continuing to do.”

Further details can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/29/household-benefit-cap-plunge-40000-kids-poverty-memo