Ahead of tomorrow's vote on the Welfare Reform Bill in the House of Commons Barry Gardiner MP said,
"This week MPs have another chance to stand up for disability rights. The government's plan to cut vital support is badly designed and will penalise the most vulnerable people.
This is a major issue for many of my constituents who will lose £30 a week as a result of this legislation. Brent is one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK, and I've received over 100 letters opposing the government's plans in the last week alone.
Two weeks ago I wrote to the Secretary of State, Iain Duncan Smith, urging him to conduct a proper impact assessment of the impact of these cuts on disabled people before legislating. Labour’s amendment this week demands that the government does exactly that and I am proud to support it."
Notes to editors:
1. The Welfare Reform Bill will return to the House of Commons for a vote on 2 March 2016. MPs will consider an amendment passed by the House of Lords that would halt the cuts until a full impact assessment has been carried out.
2. Barry Gardiner wrote to Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on 19 February to urge the government to drop its proposed £30 a week cut to Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit within the Welfare Reform Bill. The letter is available here: http://www.barrygardiner.com/barry_writes_to_iain_dunc
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