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SNP Comment On Cameron's Welfare Leak

Sunday, 3 July 2011

CAMERON MUST DITCH POLICY

SNP Spokesperson for Work and Pensions, Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, has today [Sunday] reacted with concern over reports in the Observer newspaper that UK Government welfare reforms risk making 40,000 families homeless.

The newspaper received a leaked letter sent to the Prime Minister from the office of communities secretary Eric Pickles.

Dr Whiteford said:

“For a long time we have warned about the series of cuts contained within the Welfare Reform Bill and the damaging effect it will have on the most vulnerable in Scottish society.

“These revelations today show that the leadership of the Conservative party are well aware of the severe damage their policies will do but choose to ignore.

“David Cameron has no option now but to ditch these absurd plans and instead install real measures which will improve the lives of thousands across the country and improve our society.

“In Scotland we have seen encouraging signs with the SNP Government introducing a range of measures to help people in Scotland through the tough times including a council tax freeze and the phasing out of prescription charges but the Tories are proceeding with a Bill which could set our progress back.”

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