MAY HAS ‘HEAD IN THE SAND’ OVER UK’S POVERTY PROBLEM

21st November 2018

PRIME MINISTER’S RESPONSE TO UN POVERTY REPORT IS SHAMEFUL

An SNP MP has slammed Theresa May’s dismissive ‘head in the sand’ response to concerns about poverty in the UK – warning the Prime Minister’s refusal to accept and address the issue was part of the problem.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, SNP MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, Marion Fellows challenged the Prime Minister on the UN report into poverty in the UK, and the damaging impact of UK government cuts to Universal Credit.

The United Nations have joined other bodies like the National Audit Office in their condemnation of the UK government’s failure to tackle poverty. The report accused UK government Ministers of being ‘in denial’ about poverty.

Commenting, Marion Fellows MP said:

The Prime Minister’s shameful head-in-the-sand response to concerns about rising poverty in the UK has proven the point of the UN Special Rapporteur, who accused UK Ministers of being in denial about the problem.

The UK government’s refusal to admit and address this issue will only lead to even more families facing poverty and deprivation.

It’s time for the Tories at Westminster to wake up and take action on their shambolic record on poverty, heeding calls from the SNP to take action on the disastrous roll-out of Universal Credit, scrapping the two-child cap and ending the ideologically-driven benefit freeze.