After seven years of Tory government the cost is adding up.
Now, more than ever, it’s vital to have strong SNP voices at Westminster, to protect families from the next round of cuts the Tories are planning. Here’s why.
Four million children are now living in poverty in the UK.
Child poverty is rising and more families are resorting to food banks to feed themselves. The number of children using food banks has increased by almost 2,500 per cent in Scotland under the Tories.
The Tories won’t guarantee older people the pensions they deserve.
The triple lock means pensions are increased by the higher of inflation, average earnings or 2.5 per cent. Now the Tories plan to abandon the triple lock, meaning millions of pensioners could be worse off.
By 2020 Child Tax credits will have been cut by £1.2 billion a year, leaving over one million families thousands of pounds worse off.
According to the IFS think-tank, in the long run the poorest 10 per cent of families with children will be more than £3,000 worse off as a result of planned tax and benefit changes.
And by 2021, the total cumulative loss to people in Scotland as a result of Tory welfare cuts will be over £2 billion per year, according to researchers at Sheffield Hallam University.