Linda in chamber - Hairmyres PQLinda Fabiani MSP has today highlighted new figures showing that Tory welfare cuts are costing 600 jobs in South Lanarkshire.

New research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows that as a result of reduced disposable income due to social security cuts, £1,520 million has been removed each year from the Scottish economy – with the resultant loss of jobs in South Lanarkshire.

This new data comes on the back of expert evidence from Sheffield Hallam University to the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee making clear that Tory social security cuts had “no relationship with employment growth” and that “the evidence provides little support for the view that welfare reform is having important and positive impacts on the labour market in Scotland.”

Commenting, Linda said:

“It’s now abundantly clear that the cruel Tory cuts to social security have failed by even their own standards – and people in East Kilbride and throughout South Lanarkshire are suffering.

“We now know that Tory social security cuts are actually costing 600 jobs in South Lanarkshire by sucking spending power out of our poorest communities. With less money in the economy in communities across the country as a result of these welfare cuts, more and more people now find themselves without work.

“It is time now for the Tory government to change course and stop punishing unemployed people and those on low-paid contracts. Instead, proper employment for those who can work is the way forward.

“With Westminster’s appalling record on social security and employment support, it’s absolutely no wonder that more and more people in Scotland want these key powers to be in Scotland’s hands.”


Financial impact of welfare reform Estimated jobs impact
South Lanarkshire 96           600
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