SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKlevie has slammed the Tory leadership candidates for their ‘silence’ on child poverty as a new report highlights the scale of the cost of living with Westminster.

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A new report from Citizens Advice Scotland on Universal Credit underlines the struggles households across Scotland are facing - revealing that the need for food banks has grown by almost a third (31%) since September 2021.

The report calls for Westminster to immediately uprate Universal Credit and all legacy benefits, a suspension of sanctions, scrapping the benefit cap and the two-child limit, pausing the collection of all DWP and HMRC debts, and converting all Advance Payments at the beginning of UC claims into non-repayable assessment period grants.

Whilst recent research has shown that the efforts of the SNP Scottish Government is making a real difference to those struggling, through actions such as uprating devolved benefits and introducing the ‘game changing’ Scottish Child Payment, MSP Christina McKelvie has said ‘progress is being undermined by decades of Westminster austerity policies and a Tory leadership contest ignoring the cost of living crisis.’

Commenting SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie went on to say:

“It is utterly shameful to see such an increase in foodbank use in a place as wealthy as the UK. Yet, sadly, it’s not surprising that families in Scotland are struggling to get by as prices continue to rise but Westminster fails to take any meaningful action to help and every single Tory leadership candidate is silent on the matter of child poverty and the cost of living crisis."
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“Research shows the actions of the SNP Scottish Government are making a real difference to those in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse struggling as it doing all it can with the powers at its disposal to support households through these tough times, but these efforts are constantly fighting against cruel Westminster policies."


“The Tories silence on poverty has been deafening and it’s clear that the last thing people in South Lanarkshire need is a another Tory Prime Minister - we need a different future with independence and the full welfare powers it gives Scotland to build a fairer, wealthier and happier country.”

SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKlevie has slammed the Tory leadership candidates for their ‘silence’ on child poverty as a new report highlights the scale of the cost of living with Westminster.

Universal Credit Tories.png

A new report from Citizens Advice Scotland on Universal Credit underlines the struggles households across Scotland are facing - revealing that the need for food banks has grown by almost a third (31%) since September 2021.

The report calls for Westminster to immediately uprate Universal Credit and all legacy benefits, a suspension of sanctions, scrapping the benefit cap and the two-child limit, pausing the collection of all DWP and HMRC debts, and converting all Advance Payments at the beginning of UC claims into non-repayable assessment period grants.

Whilst recent research has shown that the efforts of the SNP Scottish Government is making a real difference to those struggling, through actions such as uprating devolved benefits and introducing the ‘game changing’ Scottish Child Payment, MSP Christina McKelvie has said ‘progress is being undermined by decades of Westminster austerity policies and a Tory leadership contest ignoring the cost of living crisis.’

Commenting SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie went on to say:

“It is utterly shameful to see such an increase in foodbank use in a place as wealthy as the UK. Yet, sadly, it’s not surprising that families in Scotland are struggling to get by as prices continue to rise but Westminster fails to take any meaningful action to help and every single Tory leadership candidate is silent on the matter of child poverty and the cost of living crisis."
 five families payment.png
“Research shows the actions of the SNP Scottish Government are making a real difference to those in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse struggling as it doing all it can with the powers at its disposal to support households through these tough times, but these efforts are constantly fighting against cruel Westminster policies."


“The Tories silence on poverty has been deafening and it’s clear that the last thing people in South Lanarkshire need is a another Tory Prime Minister - we need a different future with independence and the full welfare powers it gives Scotland to build a fairer, wealthier and happier country.”

Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse has welcomed investment of up to £300,000 to help support money and welfare advice services in some of Scotland’s most remote locations.

From the autumn, GP practices in 20 rural and 10 island communities will be able to refer patients directly to an in-house welfare rights officer for advice on increasing income, social security eligibility, debt resolution, housing and employability issues.

This work builds on that already being undertaken at nearly 150 GP practices in the most deprived areas of the country as part of the Welfare Advice and Health Partnerships programme.

£3 million was dedicated from September 2021 for money advice services in 150 GP services in some of the most deprived communities across Scotland.

Commenting Christina said:

“The impact both the cost of living crisis and recovery from the pandemic has had  on everyone’s mental and physical health is on everyone’s mind right now. This is particularly those who are struggling the most to make ends meet.

“Dedicated money and welfare advice in the same location where people are already receiving mental and physical health support provides people with convenient access to the help they need, whilst also reaching those who do not engage with traditional advice services.

“This funding will ensure people in rural and island communities have access to the same advice and support, given the particular challenges they also face from the rising cost of living, including fuel and food inflation.

“This funding shows that the Scottish Government is serious about its commitment to mitigating the impact of increased costs, and this action is in addition to the almost £3 billion already allocated this year by Ministers to help households cope with the pressures so many are facing.”

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