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...

August 13, 2019

Pregnant women and families with babies and children across North Ayrshire and Scotland receiving certain benefits are to be offered increased access to healthy foods.

The SNP Government’s Best Start Foods payment replaces the Healthy Start paper vouchers with a new payment card, and is now open for applications.

The card, which works in a similar...

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...

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...

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