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As we approach Remembrance Sunday, I urged the UK Government to back the British Legion’s Credit their Service campaign. This campaign is calling for compensation paid to veterans and their families due to injury and loss in the line of duty, not to be considered as income when applying for means-tested benefits. This would put ex-servicemen on a par with civil servants.

Rather than seriously engage with this important and reasonable request, sadly, the Leader of the House chose to try to score cheap political points.

She repeated the untruth often trotted out by Unionist parties, that people pay more tax in Scotland than in England – not true – 55% of Scots pay LESS tax than those on the same income than in England, whilst the average Council Tax in Scotland at Band D is £648 a year LESS than in England and £463 LESS than in Wales – a gap that is likely to grow with a Council Tax freeze announced in Scotland.

Additionally the Leader of the House seems to be unaware that “large parts” of welfare are NOT devolved to the Scottish Government – only 15% of welfare is devolved.

In addition, the means-tested benefit in question is primarily Universal Credit, which is entirely reserved – her answer shows a real lack of understanding of the issue, which is deeply disappointing for a politician who likes to boast about her honorary Royal Navy commission, even though this honorary commission neither requires nor qualifies for active military employment, of which she appears to have none.


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