Stevenson challenges Labour on pension cuts

Stewart Stevenson MSP maintains Scottish fishermen are leading the way in terms of conservation  in these difficult times.
Stewart Stevenson MSP maintains Scottish fishermen are leading the way in terms of conservation in these difficult times.

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has called on the Labour Party in Scotland to rule out support for pension cuts.

The move comes after Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman confirmed in a radio interview that Labour would be looking at cutting benefits for the elderly if elected to Westminster.

Ms Harman said that Labour will review pensions, winter fuel allowances and the free bus pass.

Mr Stevenson has pointed to the fact that Scotland’s percentage spend on welfare support is lower than the rest of the UK and, therefore, that maintaining existing benefits to pensioners would be more affordable in an Independent Scotland.

He said: “Here in the North-east, we have many communities that experience severe winter weather almost every year and in those communities there are significant numbers of households that are classed as being fuel poor with a totally disproportionate amount of income spent on heating.

“Support like the Winter Fuel Allowance for people in this situation is of critical importance.”