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Clydesdale MSP, Aileen Campbell has condemned the UK Government’s welfare reforms, as fresh analysis reveals women and families are being hit the hardest by Westminster’s changes to the benefits system.

The report, published today by the Scottish Government, highlights how key changes implemented in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 will disproportionately affect women and families, including the slashing of Child Benefit, reduction in the proportion of childcare costs covered by Working Tax Credit, and the overall benefit cap, of which 60 per cent of those affected by the change are single female households.

Commenting on the report’s findings, Aileen Campbell said:

"It is already clear that the UK Government’s benefit cuts are unfairly impacting on the most vulnerable members of our society.

"This report highlights that Westminster’s welfare cuts are also having a disproportionate impact on women, particularly mothers and their children. This does not seem like fair and just reform to me.

"The majority of people in Scotland have already made their opposition to these welfare cuts clear, and the Scottish Government is doing what it can within the powers and resources it has to help people in Scotland.

"However, mitigating against the full scale of these cuts within the limited powers of the Scottish Parliament is just not possible. We need the full powers of independence so that Scotland can devise a welfare system that is fair and decent, and ensures people get the support they need."

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