Category - welfare reform

  • 2 Feb 2012

    People living with cancer have warned MPs that the Westminster government's welfare changes could push patients and their families into poverty.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    Mental health charity Mind says that it "will continue to fight for improvements to the welfare and benefits system", despite yesterday's disappointing votes.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    Disabled actor, writer and comedian Francesca Martinez, who has been outspoken in support of those challenging the impact on vulnerable people of the Welfare Reform Bill (WRB), put the matter powerfully and poignantly on the This Week TV politics show: the government, she said, is "morally disabled" in its approach to these issues and to the human effect of its policies.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    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.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    The coalition used its Commons majority to overturn Lords amendments to its Welfare Reform Bill yesterday, but legal and political challenges will continue.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    Britain's four Children's Commissioners have joined up to demand changes to the government's Welfare Reform Bill, saying the coalition's plans will harm young people.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    Today (1 February), at 12.30pm, the Welfare Reform Bill will return to the House of Commons after a series of defeats in the Lords. Let's be very clear - it is a dangerous, incomplete bill based on flawed evidence and unpleasant ideals. It is vast and impenetrable - most of the ministers arguing for it have very little understanding of the detail within it. Yes, that's right, they don't understand the details or effects of their own policies.

  • 1 Feb 2012

    MPs in the Westminster House of Commons are debating the Welfare Reform Bill from 12.30pm on Wednesday 1 February 2012, one day after the House of Lords final debate. There are vital issues at stake for disabled people, including the young disabled and those with cancer, for people on housing benefit, for lone parents, vulnerable women and larger families.

  • 1 Feb 2012
  • 1 Feb 2012

    The House of Commons debates the Welfare Reform Bill for the last time today, following a record seventh defeat for the government in the House of Lords last night.