Campaigners hope peers will secure changes to welfare reforms

 News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com

Campaigners are hoping to persuade peers to make significant changes to the government’s welfare reform bill, after coalition MPs approved measures that could see hundreds of thousands of disabled people lose some or all of their benefits.

The bill passed its report and third reading stages in the Commons, despite Labour opposition, and now passes to the Lords.

But campaigners believe that peers – seen as more independent-minded than MPs – will secure important changes to the proposed legislation.

Neil Coyle, director of policy for Disability Alliance, said it was “disappointing” that the bill had been approved by MPs, but added: “We are hopeful for significant change in the House of Lords.”

He said MPs’ decision-making had been “hampered” by the “deeply harmful” refusal of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide “even a rough estimate of the number of people who stand to lose out”.

He said: “We are desperately trying to find out who is affected, so decision-makers [in parliament] can have that information to hand.”

Among the measures still causing concern are proposals to remove the mobility component of personal independence payment (PIP) – the planned replacement for disability living allowance (DLA) – from most disabled people in residential care.

Campaigners hope peers will secure changes to welfare reforms

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One Response to “Campaigners hope peers will secure changes to welfare reforms”

  1. malka Says:

    we must get a united effort going now to influence the house of lords over the welfare reform bill……………………this means all the interested groups and individuals coming together with one voice……..

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