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No reshuffling of Boris Johnson’s cabinet of millionaires will mask the cruelty at the heart of his government. Maggie Chapman

The UK Government is piling misery on those struggling with its cruel cut to Universal Credit, the Scottish Greens have said.

The £20 cut in benefits comes after the Prime Minister forced through a regressive rise in National Insurance contributions which will hit those on low wages hardest.

Speaking ahead of a vote at Westminster on the proposed cut, Scottish Greens human rights and social security spokesperson Maggie Chapman said: “People all across the UK are in crisis and the Conservatives choose this moment to pile on the misery with a cruel cut to benefits when they need them most.

“The UK already had shocking levels of poverty, but now furlough is ending, panicking those with insecure jobs. Brexit is driving up the prices of essentials. The rise in National Insurance will hit those on low wages, and now the £20 uplift in Universal Credit which has kept so many people afloat is being cruelly ripped away by a party driven by its ideological animosity towards working class people.

“No reshuffling of Boris Johnson’s cabinet of millionaires will mask the cruelty at the heart of his government.”

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