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 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...

June 27, 2019

The SNP Government is using its new powers over social security to introduce a brand new benefit to provide eligible families with £10 a week for every child under 16, with introduction for under-sixes starting by early 2021.

The Scottish Child Payment will give more immediate support to families who need it most, as almost 60% of all children in...

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 2, 2019

Nearly a third of a million low income households have accessed emergency funding to help with the costs of essentials such as food and heating in the past six years.

Figures show that 7,695 Community Care Grants and 23,520 Crisis Grants had been awarded to North Ayrshire residents by the end of 2018.

The SNP Government’s Scottish Welfare Fund has...

February 22, 2019

Michelle Ballantyne MSP faces further criticism in her position as the Tories’ welfare spokesperson, after it was revealed that she is unaware which benefits are reserved to Westminster and which are devolved to Holyrood.

 
Ms Ballantyne wrote to the Scottish Government to ask about work capability assessments three times, not realising that the...

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