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WISHART TO HOST CONFERENCE ON CHANGES TO WELFARE SYSTEM

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The Scottish National Party’s Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth and North Perthshire has repeated his call for anyone interested in the impact of recent and proposed welfare changes to come along to the Welfare Reform Conference he is hosting in the AK Bell Library on Friday, 21 June.

Speaking today (Monday) Mr Wishart said:

“This will be the biggest conference on welfare reform that Perth has yet seen and is open to all third sector stakeholders.  It is free of charge to ensure it is fully inclusive and we have some really interesting speakers coming along.

“Neil Couling, Work Services Director from the DWP will be speaking, as will Lynn Brady from the PKC Welfare Rights Team and Sandy Watts, from Perth Citizens Advice Bureau.

“They will be bringing different perspectives to the discussions and I am really pleased that they have agreed to give of their time for this event because raising as much awareness as possible of the changes and their implications is absolutely essential.

“The changes to the welfare system in this country that the Tory-Lib Dem Government are bringing in will have far-reaching consequences and it is important that everyone is prepared for what is coming.

“The Tories might claim that we ‘are all in it together’ but it is quite clear that their so-called ‘austerity measures’ are hitting hardest those least able to withstand any further financial pressures.

“Meanwhile the Labour Party are backing a regional cap on welfare payments and the debate on Independence could provide Scots with the only route to protecting the welfare system that properly supports the vulnerable in our society.”

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