Category - #spartacusreport

  • 18 Jan 2012

    Conservatives leaned heavily on Liberal Democrat support in the Lords last night, avoiding another humiliating welfare reform defeat by only 16 votes.

  • 17 Jan 2012

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4's World at One, ahead of the House of Lords Welfare Reform Bill (WRB) debate today, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Maria Miller sought to sound reassuring and reasonable. But the key points she made were either highly debatable or plain wrong. And the stakes are high. The government is attempting to move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to an untried Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and to cut around £2.7 billion from the benefits system for the most vulnerable people.

  • 17 Jan 2012
  • 17 Jan 2012

    Talk about last minute.

  • 17 Jan 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).

  • 17 Jan 2012

    In their campaign to build support for welfare reforms, ministers have frequently said that the main cause of child poverty is worklessness.

  • 17 Jan 2012

    Writing in The Guardian, Declan Gaffney, former policy advisor to the previous Mayor of London and to the previous government, has written in a personal capacity about what is at stake in the continuing struggle over disabled rights and the Welfare Reform Bill.

  • 17 Jan 2012

    A coalition of charities is calling on the Government to pause the Welfare Reform bill and carefully consider its reform of Disability Living Allowance.

  • 17 Jan 2012

    Yesterday I went to meet the "Amendment Lords" ahead of today's crucial votes in the second chamber, where the Welfare Reform Bill (WRB) debate moves from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), the income replacement benefit for people with work-limiting conditions, to Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which is intended to help with the extra costs people incur as a result of severe disability.

  • 16 Jan 2012

    In preparation for the House of Lords debate on the Welfare Reform Bill (WRB) tomorrow, where Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be in the spotlight, the #spartacusreport campaign (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/spartacusreport) has launched a fresh initiative - #spartacusstories, which gives people the opportunity through Twitter, blogs and other social media to tell their own stories of why DLA is important to them and the realities of living and surviving as a sick or disabled person.