Welfare Reform Committee debate 2

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MSPs participated in the second part of the Welfare Reform Committee debate on 23 April 2013.

A recent report for the committee from Sheffield Hallum University found that the welfare cuts would take more than £1.6bn a year out of the Scottish economy and hit the poorest parts hardest.

This is equivalent to about £480 a year for every adult of working age - and is highest in Glasgow at £650 a year.

The biggest financial losses are from reforms to incapacity benefits at about £500m a year.

The UK government said the cuts were necessary to make the welfare reform bill sustainable.

Glasgow was found to be affected most, followed by Inverclyde, Dundee and West Dunbartonshire.

The report added: "A key effect of welfare reform will therefore be to widen the gaps in prosperity between the best and worst local economies across Scotland.

The first part of the debate can be viewed below:

Welfare Reform Committee debate 1

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