If #Social #Security is a #UK matter, why are #Westminster #Federal #Ministers appearing at #Holyrood at all?
Reposted from the Evening Times
Esther McVey, Conservative Department of Work and Pensions minister, had refused an invitation to appear before the Welfare Reform Committee but agreed to a private meeting with members.
Now Ms McVey has cancelled her planned visit next month on June 10.
Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith previously refused to appear at the committee and instead had an informal off the record meeting with MSPs. And Lord Freud, another DWP minister, has also refused requests to attend at Holyrood.
Now Labour and SNP MSPs have accused the Tory ministers of being scared to account for the impact their policies have on vulnerable people.
Committee Convener Michael McMahon MSP said: “We wanted a public meeting, sooner rather than later.
“Instead, we get a private meeting that’s eventually cancelled. How insulting to the people of Scotland.
“Ms McVey can run but she can’t hide from our…
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