Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Moray’s MP Angus Robertson has today [Wednesday] questioned the Prime Minister over the UK Government’s plans to make major cuts to Tax Credits, which will affect thousands of people in Moray. Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions the SNP’s Mr Robertson asked the Prime Minister if he ‘had the faintest idea’ of the cost of his cuts to tax credits.

The Scottish National Party have been calling on the Tory party to reverse their plans for swingeing cuts to tax credits, which will leave 200,000 Scottish families an average of £1,300 worse off a year, and to consider the true impact the policy will have on families across the country.

Local MP Mr Robertson also this week backed an opposition day motion on tax credits, which called on the UK Government to think again about £4.3 billion of cuts to tax credits which will come into effect in April 2016.

In Moray there are currently around 4,700 families on tax credits, with nearly 80% of those being working families. There are around 8,100 children associated with those families in Moray.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“These changes will significantly reduce the incomes of more than many households in Moray where choices have to be made between eating and heating, and where families have to decide whether they will have to go to the food bank again this week.

“I have been contacted by many, many constituents in Moray who have already been hammered by welfare cuts and these further cuts will not only hit even more families in Moray but by taking support away from those families there is then significantly less money in our local economy, which further hits jobs and the viability of local businesses.

“These are staggering amounts of money to take out of the poorest households - for a significant number it will be well in excess of one thousand pounds per year.

“Politics is always about choice and the Conservatives could choose not to spend £100 billion on Trident. They could choose not to raise the threshold of inheritance tax. They could choose to close tax loopholes they know about but ignore, rather than balancing the books on the backs of the working poor.

“There is a clear contrast, with a Tory Government in Westminster attacking the poor and a Scottish Government using their powers to protect the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. The Scottish Government have invested £100 million to ensure no one pays the bedroom tax and invested £40 million to protect council tax benefit. That is a caring, compassionate Scottish Government.

“With full powers over welfare and taxation the Scottish Government would follow a different route than that being taken by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet.”