Category Archives: Welfare Reform

While in Sussex this week, visit some foodbanks


To all members of the Labour Party, we are delighted to welcome you to Brighton and Hove for your annual conference over the next few days. It would be fantastic for the whole of Sussex to benefit from Labour MPs … Continue reading

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Two vital groups of MPs focused on food waste


Ten weeks ago I came across a publication from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee (EFRA) that had called on the Government to fund charities like FareShare. My personal involvement was in the setting up of Sussex FareShare … Continue reading

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Universal Credit – the £20 a week needs to become permanent


The Summer break from Parliament is always an opportunity for local MPs to read documents that are not coming out of their normal sources and that reflect on what has happened previously in Parliament. At the beginning of September, the … Continue reading

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A very important debate this afternoon with local connections


This afternoon there will be a discussion in Westminster regarding the tragic death of a young man called Dylan Ramsay who drowned in a quarry on the 3rd July 2011. Dylan was swimming with two friends near his home. According … Continue reading

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Telegraph journalists need to experience the real world


Our Government claimed almost a year ago that austerity had ended, even though the cuts to police, education, NHS, low income benefits and local government are still impacting the deepest bones of our society. However if suddenly the Government discovered … Continue reading

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Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Ministers new Surgery


Based on my own very limited observation of Parliamentary debates, at one time only occasionally MPs would stand up and speak about one of their constituents and their experiences so that Parliament could be persuaded to focus on the realities … Continue reading

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Sanctions should be proportionate….


…and apply to all recipients of public funding if the words of Amber Rudd are to be treated with some fairness. Last Thursday she made a statement and included these words  “Conditionality and sanctions are an important part of the … Continue reading

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Five Parliamentary swallows including disability benefits and tenancy rights


In the middle of the chaos and bizarre behaviour of many MPs in the House of Commons that has been going on for at least three years, occasionally a few sensible words and recommendations are heard.  If these could be … Continue reading

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Philip it is clearly time to end the freeze


In a debate on 26th February on the subject of Universal Credit, Frank made a statement that included the following few words regarding the budget which is to take place on Wednesday. Let us hope that Philip Hammond will have … Continue reading

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Dear Sarah [Newton, Minister of State for Disabled People],


According to a statement you made at the end of 2018 as Parliament was closing down on Thursday 20th December you claimed “The Department has been working at pace and taking the necessary steps required to implement the ruling. We … Continue reading

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