February 25, 2016
Last month the House of Lords debated the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, and the Government’s proposed cut to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) of £30 per week for people in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG). The House of Lords disagreed with the cuts, and removed the clauses from the Bill, which was a great result.
But on Tuesday the Bill went back to the House of Commons to be debated by MPs. While hundreds voted against, the majority of MPs voted for the cuts. This means the proposed cuts were put back on the table.
Along with other members of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), with whom we’ve been campaigning on this issue, we are very disappointed that the Commons did not accept the Lords amendments.
The Bill will now go back to the House of Lords, where a revised, 'compromise' amendment will be tabled.
There is still time to influence the Bill and challenge the cuts, and members of the DBC are working hard on this.
We will keep you updated with what happens next.