July 23, 2021 Blog

Universal Credit uplift must be reinstated

One million people are living in poverty in Scotland today. Over 260,000 are on furlough, record numbers are without work and nearly half a million people are claiming Universal Credit in Scotland. In the midst of the hardest year in living memory, people have had to turn to a system that offers the lowest level of unemployment support since around 1990.

This Tory Government has presided over one of the most toxic social security systems in our history. Adding a £20 uplift in the midst of a global pandemic was the right, indeed the least thing they could do. Even with it, families with children still get £2,900 less than ten years ago. Cutting it is unfathomable. The UK Government must reinstate the uplift.

But ending poverty needs action from the SNP too. They must be willing to put their money where their mouth is, and get moving to use the powers we have here in Scotland. They can and should begin that work now, starting with doubling the Scottish Child Payment immediately, and starting work to deliver a Minimum Income Guarantee.

There is no time to waste. We have all come through the collective trauma of the past year together. We all know what it’s like to live without being free to leave our house, free to move around, free to go to work, free to visit family, free to go to the cinema or free to meet friends. For millions of people in poverty, this has been the case for decades. No-one should endure it a moment longer. The time to act is now.

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