Universal credit 'this government's poll tax', warns Fife MSP

A Fife MSP is warning universal credit is this Conservative government's poll tax as he calls for the controversial new benefit to be scrapped.

Alex Rowley is concerned by figures showing foodbank use in the Kingdom has tripled since universal credit was rolled out last December.

The single payment combines a number of different benefits like job seekers allowance and working tax credits.

It can take up to five weeks for a person to receive their first universal credit payment, something campaigners say is driving people into poverty.

In the 12 months since the benefit was rolled out in Fife, council rent arrears have risen to more than a million pounds.

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Alex Rowley says delays are a huge issue:

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