Geroge Adam MSP


The number of households in Renfrewshire hit by the Tory government’s ‘harmful’ benefit cap has soared by 100% since the Covid-19 pandemic started. 

New statistics show that as of May this year, a total of 6,034 households in Scotland were hit by the benefit cap – an increase of almost 76 per cent. In Renfrewshire around 153 households saw the money they received cut by this policy. 

Shelter Scotland has warned that the controversial benefit cap, which the SNP has called to be scrapped, is forcing families into poverty during this Coronavirus crisis.

Paialey’s MSP George Adam said:

“Austerity is having a devastating impact on thousands of families in Renfrewshire and across Scotland, 

with vulnerable people hit hard by the benefit cap, as well as a host of other Tory welfare cuts. 

“The SNP has long called for an end to the benefit cap, which hits families with children hardest, and leaves people in Paisley worrying about how they’ll pay rent or put food on the table. 

“In government, the SNP has done everything it can to support those hit by the benefit cap – but as long as the key levers remain in the hands of Westminster, we are fighting poverty with one hand tied behind our backs.

“Now, more than ever, these shocking figures must serve as a wake-up call to Boris Johnson and his government. If they were really serious about improving the lives of people in Renfrewshire they would scrap this harmful policy now.”

Shocking 209% Increase in Benefit Sanctions in Scotland

George Adam MSPFigures revealing that there has been a 209% increase in the number of benefit sanctions since 2006 have been described as a shocking demonstration of Westminster’s determination to penalise the least well off in society.

The figures show that the number of cases where a decision to sanction somebody’s benefits was made has more than tripled from 25,953 in 2006 to 80,305 in 2013. In that time, the single largest increase took place between 2012 and 2013, where there was an increase of 15,463 benefit sanctions in a single year.

The revelation of these figures comes just days after Inclusion Scotland’s Bill Scott blasted Westminster’s approach to benefits sanctions as “a crime against humanity”.

Commenting Paisley’s MSP George Adam said,

“What’s going on here? 209% increase in sanctions to our least well off? My office has been inundated with job seekers who for numerous, and questionable reason, have been sanctioned for anything up to 2 years. I had a constituent come to me who was sanctioned for not declaring he was going all the way to Aberdeen for two days to look for work.

“The strong words earlier this week from Bill Scott were a demonstration of the deep frustration at the damage that Westminster’s callous Welfare cuts are causing. The unholy alliance of Labour, Tories and Lib Dems can no longer perpetuate the myth that we are better and all in this together. Let’s remember, these sanctions are part of a wider ideological driven policy by the Tories to cut a further £12bn from the welfare budget.

“This is part of the Chancellors benefit cap, fully supported by his Labour allies. This is a Cabinet with a report personal wealth of around £70m, who make decisions about capping benefits for those on the lowest incomes. Better together?

“The anniversaries of the introduction of the Poll Tax and Bedroom Tax have brought home to people just how damaging Westminster’s decisions have been for Scotland.

“With a Yes vote in September we can tailor a welfare system to meet the needs of the people of Scotland and helps people into work.”