THE SNP have stated discovering the cash to make the Common Credit score uplift everlasting must be a precedence for the UK Authorities given it may discover billions of kilos for nuclear weapons, wasted Covid contracts and vainness tasks.
The Institute for Fiscal Research estimates that making the £20 uplift to Common Credit score everlasting would value £6 billion a yr.
The UK Authorities is already spending £16.5bn over 4 years on rising the stockpile of nuclear weapons (round £4bn a yr), £250 million on a Royal Yacht, virtually one million on a second UK Authorities jet, and £23bn on the monitor and hint system in England and Wales.
The Nationwide Audit Workplace additionally revealed that this Tory authorities awarded £10.5bn value of Covid contracts and not using a aggressive tender course of, which led to firms with none expertise making varied PPE and pandemic associated gear. In August it was reported that 50m face masks unsuitable for the NHS value the Treasury £155m.
A Nationwide Audit Workplace report final yr discovered that companies which had hyperlinks with the Tory Celebration, on the “VIP listing” and fast-tracked by way of the method, had been 10 occasions extra more likely to land a deal.
Michael Gove additionally used a half-a-million pound emergency Covid contract to fee polls on “attitudes to the UK Union”.
The SNP’s work and pensions spokesperson, David Linden MP, has launched a marketing campaign urging the UK Authorities to U-turn on its deliberate cuts to Common Credit score – that can plunge half one million extra individuals into poverty – and as a substitute make the uplift everlasting and lengthen it to legacy advantages. Linden, the MP for Glasgow East, stated: “It speaks volumes about this Tory authorities that they’ll discover billions of kilos for nuclear weapons and new jets and yachts and wallpaper, and waste cash by giving out dodgy contracts – however refuse to stump up cash we all know would stop tons of of 1000’s from tipping over the sting into poverty.
“There have to be an pressing U-turn on these damaging plans, which might lower the incomes of six million households by £1040, cancel out Scottish Little one Cost advantages, and exacerbate poverty and inequality ranges within the UK, that are already the worst in north west Europe.
“Family incomes have already been hammered by a decade of Tory austerity cuts, with in-work poverty rising to report ranges on Boris Johnson’s watch.
“Scotland is more and more weak beneath Westminster management.
“In the end, the one option to preserve Scotland secure from the long-term injury of Tory cuts is to grow to be an impartial nation, with the complete powers wanted to construct a robust, honest and equal restoration and eradicate poverty.”