Tories hitting young people in Scotland with cruel Universal Credit sanctions


  • A new analysis has revealed that 72 per cent of Universal Credit sanctions in Scotland have landed on people under 30.
  • Out of a total of 44,742  decisions to apply a sanction under Universal Credit, over 32,000  have been applied to claimants aged under 30.

Shockingly, 1 in 5 sanctions have landed on claimants aged just 18 and 19 years old.

Labour MP for Midlothian, Danielle Rowley said:

Under Universal Credit, Tory sanctions are hitting our youngest people the hardest.

Under the Tories and the SNP young people in Scotland are more likely to be in low paid, insecure work.

But rather than supporting the under 30s to get into secure, well-paid jobs, the Tories are hitting with them with vicious sanctions.

Universal Credit is causing poverty and hardship wherever it’s rolled out, especially for young people.  Esther McVey admitted this week that it would leave people worse off and even John Major suggested it could be a Poll tax moment for Theresa May.

The roll-out of Universal Credit must be urgently stopped.