MP backs bid to get fair deal

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MP Gregg McClymont wants to hear from constituents who fear they could be hammered by tax under tough new rules on Universal Credit.

Wednesday, 7th May 2014, 4:24 pm

He says thousands of his constituents will lose badly if people on Universal Credit are allowed to keep only 24p in every extra pound they are able to earn.

The MP is backing shopworkers’ union USDAW in their fight to force the government to U-Turn on the policy.

He said: “Many working people will be clobbered by this 76 per cent marginal deduction rate for taxpayers on Universal Credit.

“That will put off claimants from working longer hours and potential second earners from working at all, perpetuating the poverty trap for families on low pay.”

“I was shocked to meet USDAW members who will be thousands of pounds worse off under Universal Credit, and concerned that thousands of my hard-working constituents would also lose out under the Government’s current plans.

“I want to hear from people in our community about how they will be affected. You can check out your Universal Credit entitlement by visiting”