Vernon's Response to the Welfare Reform Bill

February 7, 2012.


Over the recent weeks, a number of very concerned constituents have been in touch with Vernon regarding the Coalition Government's Welfare Reform Bill.

 

Vernon has sent out the  following letter to constituents who have been in touch, detailing Vernon's response to the Bill and outlining Labour's position:

 

In response to your concerns about the Welfare Reform Bill you will know that this is continuing its passage through the parliamentary process.  Labour peers with the support of other Members of the Lords, managed to defeat the Government proposals with respect to a number of aspects of the Bill.  However, the Coalition Government have pushed through their plans in the Commons.


Throughout the passage of the Bill, Labour have secured some important concessions, improving the Bill and making a real impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our society.  For example, we have forced the government to maintain the mobility component of DLA/PIP for people in residential care homes.    However, the Government are determined to push through some of the most damaging aspects of the Bill and yesterday overturned the defeats they had suffered in the Lords.


Overturning the Lords votes, the Tories and their Lib Dem colleagues brought back into the Bill: 

 

A time-limit on contributory Employment and Support Allowance, including for cancer patients still undergoing chemotherapy, to one year

Proposals to force single parents – in the vast majority of cases women – to pay to use the CSA

Cuts to housing benefit for those ‘under-occupying’ their property even if they have not been offered alternative accommodation

Cutting in half the money paid to some parents of disabled children.


I know you are concerned about the Welfare Reform Bill and its likely impact on some of the most vulnerable in our society.  So am I. 


Please do get in touch if you would like to meet up to discuss it.  I am happy to put your views to the Coalition so they are fully aware just how damaging their Bill could be, and how worried my constituents are.


If you do wish to get in touch with Vernon regarding the Welfare Reform Bill, you can write to Vernon at his constituency office:

 

2A Parkyn Road, Daybrook, Nottingham, NG5 6BG.

 

or his Parliamentary address:

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.

 

You can telephone his constituency office on: 0115 920 4224 or send a fax on 0115 920 4500.

 

Vernon's email address is: vernon.coaker.mp@parliament.uk

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