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MORAY MP ON DAMAGING IMPACT OF TORY CUTS

18/12/2015  

SNP DETERMINED TO PROTECT PUBLIC SERVICES FROM TORY AUSTERITY

Moray’s MP, Angus Robertson has said that new Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Scotland figures "lay bare" the impact of further UK Government cuts to Scotland's budget and to the incomes of the poorest households.

The independent think-tank has found that low income families will face a reduction in income of more than £800 per year by 2020 as a result of UK Government cuts but the richest 40 per cent will see an increase in income as a result of tax cuts. The figures also show that the budget available for public services in Scotland will face substantial real-terms cuts.

Moray’s MP Angus Robertson has repeatedly raised issues relating to austerity cuts in Westminster, including the significant impact on poorer households of welfare cuts.

Angus Robertson MP said:

"These new figures lay bare the damaging impact of Westminster-imposed cuts on Scotland's public finances and the incomes of the poorest households. Week after week I am hearing from constituents who are seeing vital welfare support cut leaving them in hugely difficulty financial circumstances.

“The respected IPPR are estimating that, as a result of George Osborne's austerity obsession, the poorest families will see an average cut of more than £800 per year by 2020.

"The SNP has set out a credible alternative to austerity that would have seen investment in vital public services increasing and the deficit falling but the Chancellor continues to ignore this common sense approach. This independent analysis confirms that the budget for public services in Scotland will face significant pressure over the next five years.

“Despite the austerity budgets from Westminster we have managed to invest in vital flood schemes in Moray, we are investing millions in new and refurbished schools, in our railways, on the A96 and the A9.

"The SNP will continue to do all that we can in Government in Scotland and in opposition at Westminster to minimise the impact on our public services as a result of these cuts. We have worked hard to get crime to a historic low and the frontline health budget has been protected, new affordable housing is being built. We do not want to see that progress undermined by a Westminster Government that Scotland did not elect.”

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