Social Security

Part of Rail Update – in the House of Commons at 7:09 pm on 5th February 2018.

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Photo of Drew Hendry Drew Hendry Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) 7:09 pm, 5th February 2018

I, too, commend my hon. Friend Neil Gray for covering the issues so completely. He welcomed the changes that are there to be welcomed, while making the criticisms that are due. My hon. Friend David Linden succinctly covered many of the points I would normally make in a speech such as this and, as we have just heard, my hon. Friend Patricia Gibson covered the pensions issues, particularly the treatment of the WASPI women, a subject dear to my heart. Given that that territory has been covered so completely, I wish to concentrate on one aspect that we face from this measure: the fact that most working-age benefits will now be frozen in cash terms from 2015-16 to 2019-20 inclusive.

That continued freeze on social security, in the light of the consumer prices index of 3%—