Live blog on disability benefit debate

By staff writers
January 17, 2012

Patrick Butler, Society Editor at the Guardian, has done a splendid job in providing rolling coverage of the report stage debates in the House of Lords on the Welfare Reform Bill. He is again coordinating a live blog today (17 January 2012).

The feed can be found here: First up is an explanation on the need for a WRB pause and rethink from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, the former paralympian, who is among those seeking to challenge proposals to replace DLA with Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

There will be a discussion of the issues on BBC Radio 4's World at One programme today.

The Guardian also asked for short video submissions from people who receive Disability Living Allowance to explain why its is important to them. This is a short film bringing together their voices, and giving an insight into how DLA is a lifeline for people from a range of backgrounds and conditions:

Meanwhile, in the Daily Mail, which editorially has been hostile to disability campaigners, Sonia Poulton has written another fine article entitled 'Welfare Reform Bill: Where is our national conscience?' (

Ekklesia's coverage, news, articles, analysis and resources on the WRB and on the #spartacusreport campaign can be found on this aggregator here:

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