Local MSP Margaret Burgess has blasted the UK Tory Government after independent research revealed 300 jobs have been lost in North Ayrshire as a consequence of Westminster welfare cuts.
The figures, based on data produced by Welsh academic Professor Steve Fothergill, were released this week by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, which is completely independent of political influence.
Mrs Burgess said, “It’s now abundantly clear that the callous, punitive Tory cuts to social security have failed by even their own standards – and people in North Ayrshire are paying the price.
“Not content with pushing vulnerable people even further into poverty while doing nothing to support people into employment, we now know that Tory social security cuts are actually costing 300 local jobs by sucking spending power out of our poorest communities.
“With less money in communities across the country as a result of these welfare cuts, hundreds of local people now find themselves without work.”
The SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, which includes Stevenston, noted, “With his welfare cuts failing by every conceivable measure, it’s time for David Cameron to finally admit that his unfair policies simply don’t work.
"It's also time for a long-overdue U-turn from this Tory government who are more interested in punishing unemployed people than in supporting them back into work.”
Mrs Burgess said, “With Westminster’s appalling record on social security, it’s absolutely no wonder that more and more people in Scotland want these key powers to be in Scotland’s hands – rather than in the hands of right-wing Tory ideologues.”