SNP condemn £30 a week cut in vital benefits for sick and disabled people, which comes into force on Saturday.
The Scottish National Party has described today’s (April 1st 2017) introduction of a £30 a week cut to Employment Support Allowance as “a dark moment” and has called on the UK ministers to urgently bring forward the promised support package to help disabled people meet the additional costs of disability.
The SNP has been against the £30 cut from the outset – the cut was put forward as part of the Welfare Reform and Work Act which received Royal Assent in March last year despite a wealth of opposition from third sector organisations and the House of Lords.
In November, MPs from nine parties – including Conservative MPs – supported the SNP’s calls for the cut to be postponed until alternative financial support was introduced and despite DWP Ministers promising that a package of additional measures would be introduced, nothing has happened.
Earlier in the week, Neil Gray applied for a standing order 24 emergency debate in the House of Commons but unfortunately this was denied.