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Plans to make even seriously ill or disabled people work without pay, or risk having their benefits cut, have met with wide criticism. There will be no time limits on such work placements, to be introduced when the Welfare Reform Bill has been passed by the UK Parliament.
Life can be hard for families where one or both parents are disabled or without educational qualifications, amidst rising prices and an economic downturn.
The government's minister for disabled people, Maria Miller, yesterday reiterated in the House of Commons her oft-made claim that charities back the coalition's welfare reform policies.