Scotland

Group to examine impact of welfare reforms on Scotland

Foodbank
Image caption The group will be looking at the impact welfare reforms have had on people and charities that help them

A new group is being launched in Glasgow to examine the impact of welfare reforms on Scotland.

The Scottish Leaders Welfare Group (SLWG) includes leaders from Scotland's churches, trade unions, local authorities and the voluntary sector.

The group is launching at Drumchapel Citizens Advice Bureau and will then visit Drumchapel Foodbank.

Members will hear what impact the UK government's welfare changes have had on people and charities that help them.

Chairman Lord McFall said: "The overall aim of this group is to work collaboratively to highlight and respond to the impact of recent changes to the welfare and benefits system on the people, services, and communities of Scotland, especially vulnerable people or groups.

"The SLWG will use its collective voice to provide witness to the impact of welfare changes and will challenge government policy and practice where we believe these have a negative impact and result in deprivation.

"The group will highlight the responsibility of all levels of government and other interested stakeholders to pursue policies and practices which enable people to live a dignified life."

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