Clydebank’s SNP MSP has joined new cross-party call for a permanent U-turn on planned Tory cuts to Universal Credit payment.

In a letter to Boris Johnson, the Westminster leaders of the SNP party called for the Prime Minister to make the £20 uplift to Universal Credit permanent, and extend it to legacy benefit to boost people’s incomesamid the unemployment crisis.

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Gil Paterson MSP said: “More Tory cuts to Universal Credit would have a devastating impact on my constituents in Clydebank. Given that the UK Government has already pushed so many families into poverty, it is incumbent on it to use its reserved powers over the economy, welfare, and employment law to boost household income.”