Labour Sounds Warning on DSA Changes

In response to the government’s failure to consult on changes to the Disabled Students Allowance, Labour has pressed ministers to re-examine their ill thought-out proposals for reform. This comes in response to real concerns that have been raised by campaigners. Labour is concerned about the lack of consultation around the proposed reforms and plans to […]

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Government u-turn on Disabled Students Allowance

Over the last few months, I have been joined by NUS, CaSE and numerous MPs including Kate Green and David Blunkett, in campaigning against the government’s plans to axe vital support for disabled students. We launched a viral twitter campaign, #degreesofdiscrimination, mobilised thousands of students, and debated Government ministers in Parliament Just yesterday, I questioned […]

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A Country Firing on All Cylinders – New Social Security for Disabled People

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, in a speech on social security for disabled people, said: Five weeks ago Ed Miliband explained how a One Nation Labour government will reform social security so that once again it works for working people. And for the Labour Party – the party of work – […]

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50,000 disabled people pushed into poverty as Bedroom Tax approaches

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at a summit on the impact of the Bedroom Tax on disabled people, today revealed fresh evidence of the devastating impact this Government is having on disabled people. At the event in Southwark, Liam Byrne revealed fresh evidence that the Welfare Uprating Bill will […]

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April 11th, 2013

My speech to the Chamber today in the Opposition Day Debate on the Bedroom Tax

Mr Speaker I rise to support the motion; we should support this motion this evening in the House this afternoon and in the division lobbies this evening. Since the moment the Welfare Reform Bill saw the light we have warned this bedroom tax was bound to fail. My Rt Hon friend, the Member for East […]

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February 27th, 2013

Disability living allowance: why Labour’s safeguards are crucial

Today the government will set out its plans to change disability living allowance, while Labour will set out the safeguards we’re determined to see put in place. Right now disabled people are being hit from all sides. On Monday ministers had to be summoned to the House of Commons to explain why they were shutting Remploy factories without […]

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December 13th, 2012

My comments following today’s Urgent Question on Remploy

  It was frankly disgraceful that ministers had to be hauled to the House of Commons to explain their plans to shut down Remploy. It showed total contempt for Remploy workers and total disdain for their future.   ‘Ministers gave the Commons a shocking performance and refused point blank to halt the closure programme until […]

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December 10th, 2012

Written Ministerial Statement by the Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey on Remploy, 6th December 2012

Written Ministerial Statement Thursday 6 December 2012 THE DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS Disability Employment The Minister for Disabled People (Ms Esther McVey MP): I would like to make a statement on Remploy to update the House on the next steps in the reforms that my predecessor as Minister for Disabled People, the Rt Hon […]

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December 6th, 2012

Harrington’s review of the Work Capability Assessment is devastating

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, in response to today’s publication of the Harrington Review, said: “Professor Harrington’s review is devastating – progress is slow and incomplete, Ministers are failing to grip the shambolic appeals system, and the whole process is utterly failing to get people back into work. “This damning report completely […]

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November 20th, 2012