Cuts ‘hit women and kids hardest’

The SNP MSP for Aberdeenshire West and Piper columnist, Dennis Robertson, has condemned the UK Government’s welfare reforms as fresh analysis has revealed that women will lose out the most due to Westminster’s changes to the benefits system.

The report, published recently by the Scottish Government, highlights how key changes implemented in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 will disproportionately affect women and families, including the slashing of Child Benefit, reduction in the proportion of childcare costs covered by Working Tax Credit, and the overall benefit cap, of which 60 per cent of those affected by the change are single female households claim the Nationalists.

Mr Robertson said he was “extremely troubled” by the report: “I am extremely troubled by this report. The UK Government’s sustained programme of Welfare Reform has now been shown to disproportionately affect women, particularly mothers and their children – a section of our society that should receive our support.

“From tax credit changes, child benefit cuts and even benefit disqualification, those who need the Government’s support are being made to pay the price for Westminster’s economic incompetence.

“Women and children shouldn’t have to pay. Scotland has continued to make its opposition to these welfare cuts, and a majority of Scots believe that our Government, the Scottish Government, should and would be best at deciding welfare policy for Scotland.

“Only an Independent Scottish Government, led by the SNP, would abolish these discriminatory cuts and ensure women and families get the support they need.”