More than 6,700 households hit by cuts

Over 6,700 households across Lanark and Hamilton East have been directly impacted by the cut to Universal Credit implemented by Boris Johnson’s government, according to new statistics.

Analysis from the House of Commons Library has revealed that, as of August 2021, 6,756 households across the constituency saw their incomes slashed by £1,040 per year – at the same time the country was gripped by a global pandemic and a Brexit-fuelled cost-of-living crisis.

Across Scotland, more than 340,000 households have been affected by the cuts.

Despite repeated warnings from every quarter of civil society about the disastrous consequences, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak ploughed ahead with their decision to end the lifeline uplift.

In contrast, the SNP Scottish Government this year introduced the game-changing Scottish Child Payment and has committed to doubling it to £20-per-week from April – a move that has been endorsed by a number of key stakeholders.

Commenting, Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley said:

“This latest analysis from the House of Commons Library is damning, and highlights what the SNP warned would happen if the UK government slashed Universal Credit.

“As a result of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak’s callous cut, over 6,700 households across Lanark and Hamilton East will be facing a harsh and difficult 2022.

“In contrast, the SNP Scottish Government continues to help those on the lowest incomes with commitments to doubling the Scottish Child Payment and to introducing a new winter heating benefit to help around 400,000 low-income families across the country.

“Time and time again, we see a tale of two governments – one that invests and protects those on lower incomes, and one that leaves them out to dry.

“Only with the full powers of independence can Scotland rid itself of cruel Tory cuts and finally deliver a social security system with fairness and justice at its heart.”