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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22400: Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 28 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recent SAMH report, 'It Was A Confusion’ Universal Credit and Mental Health: Recommendations for Change.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 10 April 2019

This report adds to the growing evidence, and to similar reports from other organisations, about the impact Universal Credit is having on the people who are forced to rely on it.

Universal Credit is causing debt, rent arrears, extreme hardship, and pushing more people, particularly those in vulnerable groups, into poverty. This of course can also have a further detrimental impact on people with poor mental health.

The Scottish Government has, on numerous occasions, made clear to the UK Government that Universal Credit is not working and that urgent changes need to be made to make it fit for purpose.