TORY CUTS TRAPPING WORKERS IN POVERTY

TORY CUTS TRAPPING WORKERS IN POVERTY 

OSBORNE’S LIVING WAGE CON TRICK DOESN’T COMPENSATE FOR CUTS

The SNP has today highlighted a new report showing how the UK Government’s welfare cuts are trapping people in in-work poverty – more than cancelling out any benefit from George Osborne’s living wage ‘con-trick’.

A report by the Resolution Foundation has found that George Osborne’s policy on the minimum wage “cannot guarantee a basic standard of living or compensate for the £12bn of welfare cuts that were announced alongside it” – leaving 6.5 million people in the UK in in-work poverty.

Figures from the IFS in July showed that the 63 per cent of children living in poverty come from working households – a figure which has grown from 54 per cent when the Tories took office.

Commenting, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said:

“This new, expert report is even further evidence of the appalling impact the Tory austerity agenda is having on working people in Scotland and across the UK – and proves once and for all why we need to take a new and different approach.

“This Tory government should be utterly ashamed by its appalling record of pushing people even further into poverty – as their slavish devotion to austerity trumps any commitment to supporting those in need.

“And with this record, it’s even more astonishing that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn have decided to back George Osborne’s fiscal plans – proving once and for all that it’s only the SNP who can be trusted to stand up to Tory cuts.

“Working people who are struggling to make ends meet need and deserve a real boost to their pay packets – not a con trick on the minimum wage from a Tory chancellor while he callously cuts tax credits and other social protection leaving people worse off.

“This demonstrates exactly why the people of Scotland can no longer afford major decisions over the economy and social security to be made by the likes of George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith.

“It’s time for these powers to be transferred to Scotland  – allowing us to take real action to truly tackle poverty, and support low-income families – rather than continuing on the UK Government’s course, which is trapping too many hard-working people in poverty.”

Further details can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/26/national-living-wage-osborne-cuts-poverty

The IFS figures can be found here: http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2015/jul/63-children-poverty-working-households