Rise in Midlothian applicants seeking welfare help

The number of Midlothian applications for welfare assistance has risen by 14 per cent.

There were 867 applications to the Scottish Welfare Fund between July and September – 108 more than the same period in 2013.

Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) said: “In a country with as much wealth as ours, quite frankly it’s scandalous that people are being forced to rely on initiatives like the fund and local foodbanks.”

Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame (SNP) added: “It is completely unacceptable that anyone in such a wealthy country is living in poverty and the SNP Government is doing all it can to create a more prosperous and fairer society.”

Midlothian MP David Hamilton (Lab) continued: “It is unacceptable that anyone should live in poverty in a wealthy country and the Tory/Lib Dem coalition have to take most of the blame for this.”

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