The introduction of Universal Credit will plunge some of Fife’s most vulnerable families deeper into poverty, the region’s political leaders have warned.
The SNP’s David Alexander and Labour’s David Ross have called for the UK Government to halt the introduction of its controversial benefits system, which is due to be implemented in December.

The administration co-leaders say that the six week wait experienced by new claimants could result in families going without food or heating over the festive period.

Mr Ross said that experiences from other parts of the country, where payment delays have left people struggling to make ends meet, should act as a warning as to what Fife should expect in two months time.

“It is flawed in its design and implementation,” he said.

“It is becoming increasingly discredited as the impacts become evident.

“Systems for its rollout are inadequate, the IT is not in place and there is still a lot of work to be done with administrative arrangements.

“A suspension would also give us the opportunity to lobby hard for a complete change in direction.

“Universal Credit will have a huge impact on the claimants that rely on it.

“They are forced to make the choice between eating, heating, or going into debt.

“It is hugely damaging to those who rely on these benefits and it needs to be halted now.”

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