MSP CHRISTINA MCKELVIE BRANDS CALLOUS POLICY “A CRIME AGAINST DECENCY”

MSP Christina McKelvie has blasted the Westminster Tory Government’s decision to strip 25,493 families in South Lanarkshire of the £20 Universal Credit uplift as “a crime against decency”.

New research from the Scottish Parliament’s independent information service SPICe reveals 176,935 working households, 104,536 single parent households, 33,143 carer households, 11,887 households with disabled kids and a further 66,143 households with disabilities across Scotland will lose more than £1000 a year.

And the figures expose the appalling scale of misery that this callous Tory decision will inflict on 25,493 hard-pressed households in South Lanarkshire.

Universal Credit Tories.pngCommenting, Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said:

“This Tory government’s choice to inflict the biggest overnight cut to social security since World War II - hammering people both in and out of work – is a crime against decency.

“The sheer scale of misery they will inflict on 25,493 households in South Lanarkshire is horrific. It will have a devastating impact on working families, single parent families, carer families and many others to find or stay in a job, stripping many of the ability to put food on the table or keep warm as we head into winter and with rising energy costs.

“The Tory decision to press ahead with this – with the support of their Scottish MPs – will also take much needed money out of the local economy when it is trying to recover from Covid. The Tories must rethink this inhumane policy.

"While the Scottish Government tries to combat deprivation with game-changing policies like the Scottish Child Payment, these efforts are being cancelled out by constant waves of Tory austerity.

"It is another clear demonstration of the tale of two governments in Scotland – with one at Westminster which cuts social security support during a global pandemic regardless of the consequences, and one at Holyrood which is tackling poverty head on through a range of actions including the Scottish Child Payment.”

COUNCIL LEADER JOINS LOCAL MP AND MSP TO SUPPORT TOWN CENTRE

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley and Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP Christina McKelvie are urging Marks and Spencer to reconsider plans to close their Regent Way store in Hamilton. 

Councillor John Ross, leader of South Lanarkshire Council, has also added his name to calls for M&S to change their mind and retain their presence in the town centre.

M&S have recently confirmed their intention to close the store as they prepare to open a new outlet in the former Watt Brothers store at Hamilton Retail Park.

Although the new store is welcome, it will not fully make up for the proposed closure at a time when economic recovery hangs on a knife-edge as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

In recent years, South Lanarkshire Council has worked in partnership with a number of organisations to regenerate Hamilton town centre and help increase footfall for town centre businesses.

This has included support for new social housing at the former Press Buildings and Vogue Cinema as well as taking over the Newcross Centre to become a hub for town centre services.

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley and Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP Christina McKelvie have sent a joint letter to M&S CEO Stephen Rowe to ask for a meeting with the company about their plans.

Commenting, Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley and Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“We were disappointed to learn of Marks and Spencer’s plans to close their store at Regent Way in Hamilton and we would urge them to reconsider these proposals.

“This will be a huge blow to Hamilton town centre and the local economy which has already been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is welcome that Marks and Spencer are planning to open a new store in the former Watt Brothers at Hamilton Retail Park but this will not fully negate the impact to staff and to the town.

“Just 24 hours before this news broke, Marks and Spencer announced plans to close 11 stores in France due to the impact of Brexit and this decision further highlights the consequences of the UK Government’s reckless decision to leave the single market in the middle of a pandemic which has cost jobs both at home and abroad.”

Leader of South Lanarkshire Council, Councillor John Ross added:

“We have worked closely with Angela and Christina as part of the Council’s ongoing work to regenerate Hamilton Town Centre and are disappointed that Marks and Spencer have announced their intention to close their store in the Regent Centre.

”Since the Hamilton Town Centre regeneration project has been launched we have seen new businesses, such as the premier inn and beefeater hotel, coming to the town centre.

“Alongside this, the town centre has seen buildings, like the vogue cinema, repurposed for affordable housing which will make it an even more attractive place for businesses and the local community.

“We will continue to engage with M&S and other stakeholders to protect jobs currently at the regent centre and urge them to reconsider this decision.”

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley and Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP Christina McKelvie are calling on Marks and Spencer to reconsider plans to close their Regent Way store in Hamilton.

M&S have recently confirmed their intention to close the store as they prepare to open a new outlet in the former Watt Brothers store at Hamilton Retail Park.

Although the new store is welcome, it will not fully make up for the proposed closure at a time when economic recovery hangs on a knife-edge as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Commenting, Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley and Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“We were disappointed to learn of Marks and Spencer’s plans to close their store at Regent Way in Hamilton and we would urge them to reconsider these proposals.

“This will be a huge blow to Hamilton town centre and the local economy which has already been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is welcome that Marks and Spencer are planning to open a new store in the former Watt Brothers at Hamilton Retail Park but this will not fully negate the impact to staff and to the town.

“Just 24 hours before this news broke, Marks and Spencer announced plans to close 11 stores in France due to the impact of Brexit and this decision further highlights the consequences of the UK Government’s reckless decision to leave the single market in the middle of a pandemic which has cost jobs both at home and abroad.”

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