Tory Minister Admits Link Between Welfare Cuts And Food Banks

I found this through Untyneweare’s blog. It gives the Scots Nationalist perspective on the frank admission by David Mundell, one of the government apparatchiks responsible for Scotland, that people are being forced to use food banks because of government policies. This is a straight contradiction to the assertions by Couling, McVey and Fraud that there is no connection between the two.

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Scottish National Party (SNP) Press Release:

After months of denial, a UK [Conservative Party] Minister has finally admitted there is a link between Westminster welfare cuts and the increase in food bank use across Scotland.

 Giving evidence to the Welfare Reform Committee in the Scottish Parliament, Under Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell* said there “isn’t any doubt” that some people have been forced to go to food banks “because they have been subject, for example, to sanctions or delays in receiving benefits.

The evidence the committee heard today is in stark contrast to evidence given to the committee by DWP director Neil Couling, who said that growing reliance on food banks was a result of the poorest people in society having to “maximise their economic choices”. This was later backed up by Employment Minister Esther McVey in a letter to…

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