INVERCLYDE'S MP has highlighted the 4,500 local children who will be adversely affected by the controversial decision to cut Universal Credit.

During a debate in the House of Commons, Ronnie Cowan confronted ministers over the decision to end the £20 extra uplift which was introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 2,616 families rely on the benefit locally, but demands for the top-up payments to continue have been snubbed.

The SNP's Mr Cowan said: "The UK Government’s damaging plan to slash the incomes of six million people by £1,040 a year will push even more families into poverty and crisis.

"Low and middle income workers in Inverclyde are being hammered by this UK Government."