Welfare Bill ‘Only half a plan’ – More Emphasis on Jobs Needed

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Pete Wishart has expressed his concern over UK Government plans to reform the welfare system as set out in the Welfare Reform Bill.

Commenting, Mr Wishart said:

“The Welfare Reform Bill contains a series of cuts which will hurt the poorest and most vulnerable in Scottish society. Getting people off benefits is a laudable aim, but just as important is getting people into work – and the measures to ensure that happens just aren’t in this Bill.

“What has been set out by the Government is only half a plan and there needs to be more emphasis on jobs and what happens once people have had their incapacity support withdrawn. Despite encouraging signs in Scotland, this is still a challenging time for anyone looking for employment and it is even harder if you have been out of the workforce for a long period of time due to illness or disability.”