For Immediate Release
Clackmannanshire benefits slashed by £22million
According to a report assessing the impact of the proposed benefit changes, released by ‘Rights Advice Scotland’ and the ‘Scottish Local Government Forum Against Poverty’, Clackmannanshire is set to be hit hard with over £22million being removed from benefits by 2015. Figures show that the hardest hit are likely to be children, people with disabilities and social housing tenants.
Scottish Labour’s Dr Richard Simpson, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife said:
“The scale of these benefit cuts will affect families throughout Clackmannanshire at a time when money is already tight. Over Christmas we saw a marked increase in the need for help such as food banks, and I worry that these increased cuts will only exacerbate this. There is also a concern that whilst people’s home budgets are so tight we will see a detrimental effect on the local economy.”
Currently over 6,500 people claim Child Benefit and they are set to lose over £5million. There over 5,000 people claiming Housing Benefit and they will be affected with the result of losing over £4,500,000 by 2015. Disabled people look set to suffer also as those claiming Disability Living Allowance are set to lose out on almost £7million.
The change from Retail Price Index (RPI) to Consumer Price Index (CPI) has already resulted in Clackmannanshire claimants losing over £2million. These new plans to change benefits will result in a major strain during what are already tough times, meaning Scotland’s poorest will suffer.