Westminster Austerity & Bad Policy Damage

40% Rise In Foodbank Use In Orkney

Local MSP Maree Todd, SNP,  has slammed the UK government’s cuts to welfare, after new figures revealed that foodbank use in Orkney has risen by a massive 40% since last year. This significant hike in numbers visiting the foodbank in Kirkwall has seen a jump from 263 in the period April 1 to September 30, 2017 – made up of 174 adults and 89 children – to 368 for the period April 1 to September 30, 2018 – 225 adults and 143 children.

Scottish Government Swamped By Effect Of Tory Welfare "Reforms"

A NEW report into the effects of Tory welfare reform show the human "tragedy" brought on Scotland by Tory welfare reforms, experts have said. The comments come in response to a new Scottish Government 2018 Annual Report on Welfare Reform which show rising poverty and destitution as a result of the austerity regime at Westminster. The report shows, among other examples of the decline of the welfare system, that the share of children living in relative poverty is increasing and that benefit sanctions are increasing under Universal Benefit.

Austerity Is About Putting The Poor In Their Place

Do we need any more evidence that even in times of austerity money is no object to the government when it comes to keeping the poor in their place? If so, we had a textbook example at the end of August as it was revealed that £200 million had been spent defending sickness and disability benefit appeals in the last five years.