First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today said that the Scottish Government is “fundamentally opposed” to the cuts to Personal Independence Payments announced by George Osborne yesterday.
Responding to a question from Stuart McMillan on the impact of the UK budget on Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon said that around 40,000 disabled people in Scotland would be affected and around two-thirds will see their income cut by almost £3,000 per year.
Despite significant cuts to disability benefits, the OBR is sceptical over George Osborne’s budget plans and the IFS believe that the Chancellor has only a 50 per cent chance of meeting his own surplus target. Opposition to his plan has also been voiced by around 20 Tory MPs who have written to him expressing concern about the proposed cut to disability benefits.
Commenting, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“Once again George Osborne has produced a budget with tax cuts for the rich and austerity for all, hoping that he could add just enough sweetener to hide the cuts.
“People won’t be so easily fooled: this is a cruel Tory budget that will cut £130m each year from the incomes of 40,000 disabled people in Scotland, simply to meet the Chancellor’s ideologically driven austerity targets. 
“Not only are the OBR sceptical about his budget, the IFS say that there’s only a fifty per cent chance that he’ll actually meet his own surplus target – even his own backbenchers are now in open revolt over disability benefit cuts.
“These cuts are callous and unnecessary from a savage Chancellor. George Osborne has shown before that he is not averse to a welfare u-turn, he must do so again and scrap his plans to change disability benefit eligibility.”



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