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Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford joined SNP colleagues Alison Thewliss MP, David Linden MP and Neil Gray MSP at Glasgow food bank on Thursday to highlight the urgent need for the £20 Universal Credit uplift to be made permanent.
Part of a Day of Action aimed at stopping cuts to Universal Credit – set to take effect at the same time as furlough ends and energy prices rise – the visit highlighted the devastating impact this cut will have on families across Scotland which are already struggling.
The uplift was introduced by the UK Government to help alleviate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
Scheduled to take effect on October 6, it impact 4640 (17%) working age families and 2320 (32%) working-age families with children in Ross, Skye and Lochaber.
Calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to overturn plans for the cut and extend it to legacy benefits, the SNP’s Westminster Leader commented: ‘The UK Government must do the right thing. People are struggling. They need help, not another blow to their finances.’
CAPTION; Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford, left, visited the food bank in Glasgow with fellow politicians on Thursday.
NO F36 Blackford – Food Bank visit