Local SNP MP Stuart McDonald and Jamie Hepburn MSP and have slammed the UK Government’s austerity agenda, as new figures revealed that almost 5000 children in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth are set to be worse off as a result of changes announced in George Osborne’s budget.
New figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) show that 197,200 families in Scotland with a total of 346,000 children will be hit by the changes to tax credits.
In the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency, which Mr McDonald represents, the figures reveal that 2800 families with at least one parent is in work will be affected. In total, over 4900 children in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area will be affected by these changes.
These figures follow an Institute for Fiscal Studies report showing that the vast majority of children in poverty in the UK live in working households, as the Tory government’s assault on the working poor continues.
The constituency MP has been joined by Jamie Hepburn MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth in condemning these cuts.
Commenting, Mr McDonald MP said:
“It can be difficult to grasp the scale of these cuts when we discuss their impact nationally but this local breakdown of the figures really brings home just how wide reaching these cuts will be.
“Many families depend on these tax credits to keep them above the breadline cutting tax credits will only increase poverty and create more social inequality.”
“If Westminster has no interest in tackling child poverty then it’s time for these powers to be transferred to Scotland. These ideological cuts will only push more families into crisis and force children into poverty. It is nothing short of shameful.”
Mr Hepburn said:
“The Tories’ shameful cuts were always going to hammer those in our society who were already struggling to get by – and these figures show that it is children who are going to pay a particularly heavy price.
“The figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre’s research show that almost 5000 children in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area alone are gong to be affected by these cuts.
“This policy is a disaster and a heartless attack on those struggling to get by. These figures also reveal that the majority of these children come from families where at least one parent is in work.”