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Budget should provide support for the poor, not further cuts

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) have said the Budget should help people through the difficult economic times, and not target them with further cuts.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s Budget speech, CAS Chief Executive Lucy McTernan said,

“The economic situation remains very grim and day-to-day life is a real struggle for many families across Scotland. CAB advisers see people every day who are living in real poverty. Many are drowning in debt, and others are finding it hard just to put food on the table and pay their rent or mortgage. What they need from the Budget is support to help them through these difficult times, and not further cuts to the essential services they rely on.

“The government is very keen to cut the deficit. But cuts to essential services today are a false economy. They just build up massive social costs for the future. And in the meantime they target those who are already vulnerable, including pensioners, sick and disabled people and those on low incomes.

“Things are particularly bleak for young people in Scotland. In the years after the recession, youth unemployment increased by 80% and youth homelessness by 20%. Today, one in 5 young Scots is unemployed, and 13% of young Scots are living on benefits. What we need is a strategy of support for young people. Instead we fear more cuts, which will further waste their talents and hopes.”

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