Figures Reveal £56.9m Spent by Scottish Government over 6 months to mitigate Westminster Welfare Cuts and Bedroom Tax




An SNP MSP has highlighted the millions being spent on mitigating Tory welfare cuts by the Scottish Government, after new figures revealed that a total of £9.9m was paid to people in Glasgow under the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme – as part of over £50m spent across Scotland to mitigate cruel Tory cuts and policies.

In Glasgow, 18,035 of people in receipt of housing benefit or universal credit were given additional assistance towards housing costs by the Scottish Government. A massive £7.2m in Glasgow – and £40m across Scotland – was spent solely on mitigating the Tories hated Bedroom Tax during the period 1 April to 30 September 2018.

The Discretionary Housing Payment scheme provides financial assistance towards housing costs for those claiming housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit.

Between April and September, local Authorities in Scotland made a total 100,635 awards under the DHP Scheme, with a total value of £56.9 million and an average award of £565.

SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Sandra White said:

“These figures provide further evidence of the cost of protecting people from the very worst impacts of UK Government welfare reform, and make clear that the SNP will always stand up for a fairer welfare system which treats people with respect and dignity.

“It shouldn’t fall to the Scottish Government to mitigate the impact of damaging Tory policies like the bedroom tax – but we know that providing a lifeline for families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet is the right thing to do.

“Instead of being left trying to convince an uncaring Westminster government to recognise just how wrong their welfare cuts are the Scottish Parliament should be making all decisions on tax and social security for ourselves.”




SNP MSP for Glasgow, Sandra White, has offered their support for this weekend’s Small Business Saturday – which encourages people to shop locally and support their local businesses.

Sandra White will be visiting small businesses across the constituency this weekend as part of Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is now in its sixth year in the UK, and in 2017 an estimated £748m was spent with small businesses on the first Saturday of December.

Figures from the Scottish Government show there are 17,935 of small enterprises across Glasgow – contributing £7.3m to the local economy.

Through the Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme, 10,793 in Glasgow will benefit from a cap to their business rates bills for the next four years. The planned expansion of the scheme means that local businesses, including hotels, will see rates capped at a maximum of 12.5% in real terms each year until 1st April 2022.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Glasgow Sandra White said:

“Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity for us to show how much we value local businesses in Glasgow.

“With Christmas just round the corner, people should use Small Business Saturday to get out and support the local high street.

“Small businesses are invaluable to the local economy here in Glasgow, supporting jobs and growth in our communities.

“It’s fantastic to see 10,793  small businesses in Glasgow benefiting from the SNP’s Small Business Bonus Scheme.

“I will continue working to support local business and encourage enterprise in the area, helping to create opportunities for employment wherever possible.”


SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin has welcomed news that 92% of workers in Glasgow Central earn above the national minimum wage – with Scots the least likely to be on minimum wage jobs in the UK.

New UK Government analysis, taken from the Annual Survey of Hours & Earnings 2018, shows that 94% of Scots workers earn above the National Minimum or National Living Wage – while 7% of workers in England, and 11% in Northern Ireland, remain on the obligatory pay.

But Sandra White MSP has claimed the UK Government are not doing enough to support low income workers, renewing calls to raise the National Living Wage to the level of the Real Living Wage.

The move would mean all workers would earn more than £10 an hour by 2022.

Although the powers to set the minimum wage remain reserved to Westminster, the Scottish Government has taken steps to ensure that over 1000 employers now pay a Real Living Wage in Scotland. 81.6% of Scottish workers earn the Real Living Wage, the highest rate in the UK.

Commenting, SNP MSP Sandra White said:

“It’s pleasing to see that 92% of workers in Glasgow Central earn above UK Government’s National Minimum or National Living Wage.

“However, the UK Government is failing low income workers by refusing to raise the minimum wage to the independently calculated Real Living Wage.

“Families here in Glasgow and across Scotland are struggling to get by on incomes that have been squeezed by years of damaging Tory austerity.

“The SNP have been working hard to promote a Real Living Wage in Scotland, with over 1000 employers in Scotland now committed to paying their staff a fair wage.

“If the UK government are not prepared to act on this, powers should be immediately devolved to Holyrood so this SNP Government can introduce a Real Living Wage for all workers in Scotland.”



Sandra supports #Manversation prostate cancer campaign

I am proud to be supporting Manversation, a national campaign developed with leading prostate cancer charities to equip and motivate men with a diagnosis of prostate cancer to have a conversation about advanced prostate cancer symptoms, if and when they appear.


Following a diagnosis of prostate cancer, small changes in symptoms can be a sign that the cancer is advancing or spreading. Therefore, it’s important that any changes in symptoms are discussed with a doctor or nurse as soon as possible to enable the right treatment and support to be provided.


However, the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer can be difficult to spot – often because people don’t know what to look out for and because they can easily be mistaken for signs of ageing, a busy day, or a simple change in routine.


Friends and family can play a vital role in helping to spot small changes and encourage men with prostate cancer to talk to their doctor or nurse about as soon as possible. Symptoms to look out for include: weight loss, getting tired more easily and/or painful bones.


I am supporting Manversation to help raise awareness amongst friends and family of men with prostate cancer of the need for conversations.


If you know someone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and you notice a change in their ability to carry out day-to-day tasks and hobbies, increased tiredness and fatigue, weight loss or painful bones, then encourage them to have a conversation with their doctor. These conversations are vitally important and can make a difference to the way the condition is managed, day-to-day life and long-term outcomes.


For further information, guidance and tools, visit



The Manversation campaign was developed in consultation with leading prostate cancer charities, Orchid Fighting Male Cancer and Tackle Prostate Cancer. The campaign is organised and funded by Bayer.

Brexit risk to £556m EU funding in Glasgow

A new publicly accessible database has laid bare the financial impact that leaving the EU will have on areas around the UK, with the Greater Glasgow area facing losses to funding of over £556.

The figures show that the EU has invested over £556m in Glasgow through its direct investment in agriculture, research, culture, education, and jobs.

The EU invests around £5billion a year in the UK, and the European single market is around eight times bigger than the UK market alone.

Last week, the SNP announced that up to £18 million of European cash would be used by the Scottish Government to set up an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to help small and medium sized businesses.

Sandra White MSP said: “As these figures show, the City of Glasgow and surrounding areas have benefited hugely from the strong relationship between Scotland and the European Union.

“EU funding has made a huge contribution to infrastructure, culture, and opportunities in Scotland. This is just the latest analysis which confirms that Brexit is going to inflict major harm on our economy.

“Far from delivering extra cash for the NHS, as was infamously promised by the leave campaign bus, Scotland faces losing out on billions of pounds of funding with no clarity from the UK government over how this will be replaced.

“We are being dragged out of the European Union against our will, and Glasgow will be hugely damaged because of this. The only solution is to stay in the single market and customs union.”