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Stronger social security net missing from economic plan

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has warned too many people will still fall into poverty without further changes to the social security system, following the statement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Although the charity has welcomed some measures outlined today, it has revealed that the Citizens Advice network in Scotland has given out more than 4,600 pieces of advice on foodbanks since March. 

It is therefore repeating its calls for the social security net to be strengthened for those who need it.

CAS's Social Justice spokesperson, Nina Ballantyne, said: "CAS welcomes the incentives for employers to retain staff beyond the furlough period and increase the number of work coaches in jobcentres to help those who have lost work.

"But we want to see more detail on how the Kickstart Scheme will work in practice for young people. A return to mandatory work activity like the notorious 'workfare' must be avoided and the UK Government should encourage employers to make sure these new jobs are high quality, sustainable and provide employment beyond the initial six months.

"We are disappointed the Chancellor has missed this opportunity to end the five week wait for Universal Credit and lift the benefit cap - the restaurant discount scheme will be of no use to those who cannot afford food at all and are relying on foodbanks."