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TOPIC: Scottish Government spend £125m to mitigate the worst of Tory benefit cuts

Scottish Government spend £125m to mitigate the worst of Tory benefit cuts 05 Jan 2019 11:28 #12583

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New Social Security Scotland agency had also spent £34 million making over 150,000 payments of Carers Allowance Supplement and Best Start Grants.

The Scottish Government is on course to spend £125 million in the 2018-19 financial year to mitigate the worst impact of Tory cuts to social security benefits, it has been revealed.

Meanwhile, the new Social Security Scotland agency had spent £34 million making over 150,000 payments of Carers Allowance Supplement and Best Start Grants, with applications for the latter only opening on 10th December.

The investment will help provide Scottish families with a vital financial safety net and is in stark contrast to the UK Government’s cruel and callous treatment of poor and vulnerable, which has resulted in rising child poverty and record levels of people turning to foodbanks.

People supported by the £125 million investment include households affected by the so-called ‘bedroom tax’, a UK Government policy that has been effectively abolished in Scotland, which limits the amount in housing benefit families can receive if they have one or more spare bedrooms – even if they are unable to find a smaller property to downsize to due to the shortage in genuinely affordable homes (aka social housing).

welfareweekly.com/scottish-government-spend-125m-to-mitigate-the-worst-of-tory-benefit-cuts/
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