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Welfare report is big reverse for the SNP

June 4, 2014 11:34 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie has said that a report on welfare published by a Scottish Government expert group today signalled a big reverse for the SNP.

After months of promising £2.5bn extra for the social security budget, the expert group today failed to endorse the SNP's approach.
The report commits to abolishing parts of the UK system only to replace them with something the same in all but name.

Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

"This is a big reverse for the SNP.Willie RennieWillie Rennie

"The SNP promised to add £2.5bn to the social security budget but this new paper fails to recommend that increase.

"There is also no endorsement of the SNP's policy to increase child benefit for families earning more that £60,000 or to re-establish child trust funds.

"Today's report recommends replacing the Universal Credit with a universal credit, replacing the Work Programme with a work programme and replacing sanctions with a system of sanctions. They are effectively the same in all but name.

"These are not the changes that people were promised by the SNP. Many people who expected the SNP's independence plans to deliver bold and radical change will be disappointed that the only change on offer is by label and not substance.

"Their previous rhetoric has been abandoned and the promises made ditched. The broad shoulders of the United Kingdom provide a safe and stable economic back-up to support a good welfare system. It's vital that those in need get support and those who can work, encouraged and incentivised to do so."