Scottish Government confirms UK plans could impact on up to 7,000 18-21 year old Scots

Bob Doris SNP MSP for Glasgow Region has slammed the Tory policy of withdrawing housing benefit for 18 – 21 year olds on benefits as part of the UK Conservative 2015 Westminster election manifesto.

Bob raised the matter in Parliament today with Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights today. Bob noted that as long ago as 2012 David Cameron suggested going even further and suggested withdrawing Housing Benefit to under 25s. Any extension to 25 year olds would impact up to 4,500 people in Glasgow alone and up to 27,000 people across Scotland. Housing benefit for young people provides essential support to secure a tenancy and is vital in preventing homelessness.

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Outside Maryhill Burgh Halls ahead of the first joint surgery of Partick Grady MP and Bob Doris MSPNew MP Patrick Grady holds first surgery with Bob Doris MSP in Maryhill

New SNP MP for Glasgow, Patrick Grady, wasted no time in getting about the important task of representing his local communities. Patrick was joined by fellow SNP parliamentarian, Bob Doris MSP, to support various local events on Saturday including a fundraising event at St Blane’s Primary School in Summerston, an open day for residents of Maryhill Housing Association, and the Maryhill Parish Church Fayre. The day culminated with a joint surgery at Maryhill Burgh Halls where a number of constituents attended.

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