Inquiry into the impact of welfare reforms on women in Scotland
- 26 Mar
MSPs are set to carry out an inquiry into the impact of welfare reforms on women in Scotland.
Currently the welfare reform committee at Holyrood are gathering evidence on the issue, reports the BBC.
It has said that research is suggesting women are being "disproportionately affected" and wishes to hear experiences from people across the country.
The UK government argue that the reforms are "making the welfare system affordable for the long term while supporting the living standards of poor families by freezing fuel duty, increasing personal tax allowance and cutting income tax for those on the minimum wage by almost two-thirds."
Committee convener Michael McMahon MSP explained: "Previous research conducted for the committee has shown a significant impact on lone parents. That suggests there is likely to be a wider impact on large numbers of women, a view put forward by Prof Steve Fothergill at our meeting this week. Our committee has put personal experiences at the heart of our work. This inquiry will be no different and we would like to hear from people across Scotland on how welfare changes have impacted their life."
Deputy convener Clare Adamson MSP added: "The committee has already heard first-hand testimony from women in Scotland on the challenges faced by many in light of the UK government's welfare reforms. We know there are many other women out there with experiences to share and I would encourage them to get in touch with us."
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