East Kilbride East candidate, Gladys Miller has slammed the UK Coalition Government which seems determined to keep hammering the household budgets of those who can least afford it. Following the granny tax, the SNP have exposed the impact UK Government plans to replace Council Tax Benefit and cut the budget for supporting council tax payers by 10% could have in Scotland.
“UK Government is abolishing council tax benefit and in transferring funding to Scotland is slashing the budget by 10% creating a £40m hole affecting pensioners and less well-off families struggling to recover from the recession.
“I welcome the decision to finally transfer council tax benefit to Scotland but to slash the budget on the way is utterly unacceptable. At the same time as UK changes to housing benefit are having a real impact on low income families – this is a step too far.
“First they slash welfare for people on disabilities, hit households with cuts to tax credits and then change the tax arrangements for pensioners with the granny tax – now we know that over 200,000 pensioners face being hit by UK cuts to council tax benefit.
“The Scottish Government said in the budget that it had held back money to help those affected by the impact of UK Government cuts and I know they are looking at how to support those hit by the UK’s council tax cut.
“We support our pensioners and low earners, that’s why an SNP Administration in South Lanarkshire Council will freeze the council tax freeze right up to 2016.
“An SNP Administration will enhance the support given to kinship and foster carers, and protect free access to sport for under 16’s and over 60’s.
“We will review the charging structure of the Care of Gardens scheme and protect services that enhance people’s standard of living and the safety of people at risk.
“An SNP Administration at South Lanarkshire Council will work with the Scottish Government for the people of East Kilbride and across South Lanarkshire to protect residents from the worst of the cuts where we have the powers to do so under the current constitutional settlement.”