Posts in the category of: Welfare reform

Byrne calls on Osborne to axe PIP changes

by Liam Byrne | 21.03.16

**For Immediate Release**                                                  Monday 21st March 2016 Byrne calls on Osborne to axe PIP changes Following Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation, Liam Byrne MP is today calling on the Chancellor George Osborne to axe his cruel cuts to disability benefits. As opposition grows to these cuts, Liam Byrne MP is calling on residents to back a […]

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Policy Network Speech in Infographics

by Liam Byrne | 04.11.15

Dear friends, Yesterday I delivered a speech to Policy Network on entrepreneurial socialism, tackling inequality and the case for a #NewClause4. You can read the speech here. You can also see below my speech in six infographics:   1) Britain 2015: More Super Rich. More Super Poor.                     […]

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Red Shift report launch at Labour Conference

by Liam Byrne | 29.09.15

Dear friends, Yesterday, Shabana Mahmood MP, Nic Dakin MP, Cllr Caroline Badley and I launched the very first Red Shift report ‘Looking for a New England’ at Labour Party Conference. Here are a few pictures from the launch:     In case you were not able to attend the launch or have not had a […]

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Making Rights a Reality for Disabled People: A report by the Shadow DWP team to Labour’s National Policy Forum

by Liam Byrne | 23.09.13 | in: Disabled people, Welfare reform, Work and Pensions

Last year Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions team launched a nationwide consultation to ask how a Labour government can make rights a reality for disabled people and carers. We have travelled across the country to listen directly to the views of disabled people and carers, as well as drawing on the expertise of disabled people’s […]

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My speech to Labour Party Conference in Brighton, 23rd September 2013

by Liam Byrne | 23.09.13

Conference – It’s a privilege to open this debate, a debate we approach with a passion and care. That’s not a sign of weakness, that’s a sign of our strength. We are so much stronger and our policy is so much better for the work of Unison’s Liz Snape, the TUC’s Kay Carberry, for the […]

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Universal Credit now in total chaos – PAC hearing response

by Liam Byrne | 12.09.13

David Cameron’s flagship project is now in total chaos.   Parliament’s watchdog has blown apart yet another cover-up by Iain Duncan Smith who it seems has tried to hide further write-offs on his disaster-hit Universal Credit project. We’re now told there was no ministerial accountability and financial control was so weak that secretaries were signing […]

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Ministers seem to have got jobseekers wasting time on mumbo jumbo personality tests when they should be looking for work

by Liam Byrne | 30.04.13

The Guardian reports that that jobseekers are being asked to complete ‘bogus psychometric tests, as reported here:http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/apr/30/jobseekers-bogus-psychometric-tests-unemployed No wonder unemployment is higher today than when this government came to power. Ministers seem to have got jobseekers wasting time on mumbo jumbo personality tests when they should be looking for work. This country desperately needs real […]

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Why Conservative benefit cuts won’t get Britain working

by Liam Byrne | 07.04.13

In place of the Tory party’s heartless and hopeless policy, Labour proposes full employment and the old principle of contribution Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne | The Observer | 7 April 2013 These are desperate times for the government and I expected a desperate argument from George Osborne last week. This was when […]

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Trasnscript of the Second Reading of the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill

by Liam Byrne | 20.03.13

For your reference, here is the link to the transcript of yesterday’s debate: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm130319/debtext/130319-0002.htm#13031966001906

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BYRNE DEMANDS WEST COAST MAINLINE STYLE ENQUIRY INTO DWP’S £130MILLION FIASCO

by Liam Byrne | 19.03.13

Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne, is today demanding a West Coast Mainline style enquiry into government incompetence which has placed at risk £130 million of public money at risk. Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said: “Bungling DWP ministers have turned their back to work schemes into a West Coast […]

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