Bute MP hits back at claims government is attacking poor

Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid has hit back at criticism of the UK government made by the recently-retired manager of Bute Advice Centre.

In response Mr Reid said: “We are in the middle of a world-wide recession and the coalition inherited a record debt mountain from the previous government.

“The recession means we are poorer than we were, and of course more people are seeking help from advice centres.

“The UK government is not engaged in “an assault on poorer people” as Mr Sutherland’s over-the-top language claimed. Most people on low incomes are pensioners and the government has protected their state pensions by the triple-lock guarantee.

“This means that pensions rise every year by whichever is the higher – the rise in prices, the rise in average earnings or 2.5 per cent.”

* Mr Reid’s response appears in full in the letters page of our July 12 edition - on sale now.