house of lords

  • January 23, 2012

    The government has been defeated in the House of Lords in a key part of its attempts to reduce the benefits available to unemployed people and part-time workers.

  • January 23, 2012

    The government has admitted that its household benefits cap will apply to part-time workers as well as to unemployed people.

  • January 20, 2012

    Why is the UK government so determined to slash benefits and public services for sick and disabled people and carers? Many people have pointed out the flaws in a harsh Welfare Reform Bill targeting those who are already badly-off.

  • January 18, 2012

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

  • January 17, 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.

  • January 17, 2012

    Talk about last minute.

  • 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).

  • January 17, 2012

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

  • January 17, 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.

  • January 17, 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.