December 23, 2019

At this week's FMQs, Kenneth asked the First Minister about austerity-induced homelessness and poverty across Scotland.

The First Minister agreed that the Tories have a lot to answer for, but was able to give reassurances that at least the SNP Government is doing what it can to help those who are struggling:

"This Government will continue to take...

September 24, 2019

Thousands of families are being pushed into poverty, with UK Tory Government welfare changes set to reduce spending on social security in Scotland by £500 million a year, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP has said.

The 2019 Annual Report on Welfare Reform shows the largest welfare cuts since 2015 are as a result of the benefit...

July 22, 2019

Holyrood’s Social Security Committee has called on the UK Government to halt the launch of its latest pilot, which would see those receiving Working Tax Credits moved on to Universal Credit (UC) and potentially be subject to in-work conditionality, including sanctions.

The Committee has said that this transfer of claimants should not proceed unti...

July 11, 2019

New research has shown that an estimated 3,475 children in North Ayrshire (20%) are being disadvantaged by the UK Tory Government’s controversial two-child cap, which allows low-income families to claim child tax credits or universal credit for their first two children only.

According to data obtained and collated by the Child Poverty Action Grou...

May 14, 2019

New figures show the clear gains of devolution for people in Scotland and build the compelling case for more powers for Holyrood.
Research by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows that unemployment has fallen by a remarkable 48% since the creation of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 – with female unemployment falling by 47%,...

May 14, 2019

On Wednesday, in response to a question by Kenneth Gibson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP said:

"The fact that we have to provide for the nearly one third of a million households in Scotland that require a Scottish welfare fund is a sad indictment of the UK Government’s record on welfare c...

May 14, 2019

On Thursday, Kenneth led his Members' Debate at the Scottish Parliament urging the UK Tory Government's to reverse their sneaky decision to force newly-retired people - whose partners are younger than the state retirement age of 65 - to claim Universal Credit instead of Pension Credit.

This forced change, which comes into effect on 15 May, coul...

May 6, 2019

Kenneth Gibson MSP is urging all pensioners living on a low income with a partner of working age to urgently check their eligibility for Pension Credit, an income-related benefit that provides extra money in retirement and Housing Benefit before the UK Government changes the rules on 15 May.

Mr Gi...

February 25, 2019


The costs of preparing for Brexit we didn’t vote for, currently stands at £4,200 million, of which Scotland’s share by population is over £344.4 million. This would be enough to train 7,663 people, the combined equivalent of 3,466 teachers, 2,392 nurses and 1,805 police officers.

The SNP recently called on the UK Treasury to foot the bill for...

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