Dundonians stand to lose nearly £100 million every year by 2021 due to welfare reforms, it has been claimed.
A report presented to councillors said that the annual loss suffered by people in the city will go up by £36m in the next four years due to changes imposed by the UK Government since 2015.
The report outlined how the use of foodbanks in the city is high “and continues to be a lifeline for many”.
It added: “Welfare reform measures such as the introduction of Universal Credit and DLA (disability living allowance) to PIP (personal independence payment) reassessment have contributed to the need for higher numbers of foodbank referrals, as have the Concentrix tax credit problems experienced by many claimants in summer 2016.”
The report will go before the council’s policy and resources committee on Monday, when members will hear that the local authority is working to mitigate the effects of the changes.
They’ll also be told of concerns about how people will manage their claims online as Universal Credit moves to a full digital service, with help being offered to people in council offices and libraries on personal budgeting.
Councillor Willie Sawers, deputy convener of the policy and resources committee, said: “This is one of the most harrowing reports that the council has produced and lays bare the cost of the UK Government’s welfare reform to the poor and vulnerable across our city.”
Mr Sawers added: “The council is working hard to help individuals and I am pleased to see how various measures like the Scottish Welfare Fund are helping to mitigate the situation for some people. As a council, we are working very hard with our partners and promoting innovative methods with technology to help people make the most of what is available to them.”
A UK Government spokeswoman said its welfare reforms were incentivising work and “restoring fairness to the system”.
She added: “Tackling poverty and delivering real social reform is a priority, and we are helping people to keep more of what they earn, and supporting households with the cost of living. To make sure it always pays to be in work, we are increasing the National Living Wage and taking millions of people out of income tax. We’re also investing a record £6 billion in childcare per year by 2020 including extra support for disadvantaged families.”