Housing benefit cuts by the UK Government will hit veterans hard as they return to civilian life following military numbers being slashed.
That’s the view of SNP MSP Margaret Burgess, who fears that Tory cuts threaten to make it far more difficult for those leaving the armed forces to adjust successfully to being civilians.
Following a military spend review, the number of army regulars will be cut to just 82,000 by 2020 – down 20,000 on figures from 2010.
The infamous Bedroom Tax will see people have their housing benefit slashed if their property is deemed too large for them, should the property have any spare rooms. It is thought that around 2600 homes across North Ayrshire will be affected by the tax.
Margaret Burgess said: “Westminster’s bedroom tax is already set to hit many families in this constituency, but it is shocking that veterans are one group that is likely to be particularly affected.
“When our servicemen and women have courageously served their country, the very least they can expect in return is support when they leave service and return to civilian life.
“People leaving the armed forces should rightly expect to be welcomed back into civilian life, not to have the UK Government do its best to undermine them.”