Gavin Newlands, SNP candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has promised to keep fighting against the Tories’ cruel and callous cuts to disability benefits.
Since being elected in 2015, Mr Newlands has helped numerous people who have been affected by changes to their disability benefits, such as the transfer from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to the new benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
He has also spoken out in Parliament on several occasions and raised the issue of people losing their Motability cars with the Prime Minister.
The Conservative Government has introduced devastating cuts to disability benefits, negatively impacting on thousands of people’s lives. They have introduced a cut of £30 a week to Employment Support Allowance for claimants placed in the work related activity group (ESA Wrag), frozen the disabled child addition for universal credit, and introduced changes that mean that full-time students who receive DLA or PIP are now not treated as having limited capability for work, which has left them facing long delays without support.
The UK Government also recently railroaded through changes to PIP, which amounts to a cut to awards and will particularly impact those with mental ill-health conditions, with no consultation or parliamentary scrutiny.
Gavin Newlands, SNP Candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said: “Throughout this election campaign the Tories would seem to be offering Alternative Facts from an alternate history on their record in government to deflect attention away from the raft of severe cuts they have inflicted on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
“I have seen first-hand the devastating impact these cuts have had on people’s lives through my work in the constituency. In addition to holding 13 surgeries a month – more than any other MP in the UK – I have also opened a shopfront office, making myself as accessible as possible to help those bearing the brunt of the Tories’ vicious cuts to the welfare service.
“The Tory UK Government’s approach to disability support is failing those who need our help the most. We must create and protect a system which ensures that disabled people receive the proper and adequate provision they need to live as independently as possible.
“With polls predicting that the Tories will substantially increase their majority, it is important that we have strong Scottish voices opposing the austerity-obsessed UK Government. In this election, we have a clear choice between the austerity obsessed Tories and the SNP who will always put the people of Scotland first.”