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SNP have questions to answer on independence child benefit plans

March 5, 2014 9:56 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP has accusedWillie RennieWillie Rennie the SNP of misleading people on their plans for child benefit in an independent Scotland.

During a Scottish Government debate on welfare reform this afternoon, Mr Rennie pointed to a debate which took place in the parliament last year, where SNP ministers voted to restore universal child benefit to those earning over £60,000.

Those plans were not mentioned anywhere in the Scottish Government's independence white paper.

Mr Rennie said:

"SNP Ministers have misled people on their plans for child benefit in an independent Scotland. In the parliament last year they voted to restore universal child benefit to those earning over £60,000. The cold reality for parents is that their words are not matched with any promise of action in their independence white paper.

"This is further proof that the SNP will say anything to anyone and do anything to achieve independence. Perhaps all of the SNP government's motions on independence should come with a clear warning to read the small print before buying the product."