Early day motion 134

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ESA WORK-RELATED ACTIVITY

That this House notes with concern the findings of the Trussell Trust report Financial insecurity, food insecurity, and disability: The profile of people receiving emergency food assistance from The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network in Britain, published in June 2017, which show that 78 per cent of households surveyed were severely food insecure and that 50 per cent had gone without heating for more than four days in the last 12 months; further notes the findings of the report that that almost three times more households who were in the employment and support allowance (ESA) Work-Related Activity group were among food bank users than was the case among claimants in the general population; praises the hard work of food bank volunteers at the Trussell Trust and other food banks across the UK; believes that the cutting of the ESA Work-Related Activity component for new claimants after April 2017 will push more ESA claimants into poverty at a time of rising inflation; notes figures from the IFS in March 2017 that ESA claimants impacted by this change will lose up to £1,500 a year as a result; strongly condemns the Government's position that the abolition of the ESA Work-Related Activity component provides the right incentives for ESA claimants to move into work; and calls on the Government immediately to reverse this cut and reinstate the ESA Work-Related Activity component to ESA as a matter of urgency.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Blackman, Kirsty Scottish National Party Aberdeen North 05.07.2017
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 11.07.2017
Cowan, Ronnie Scottish National Party Inverclyde 06.07.2017
Crawley, Angela Scottish National Party Lanark and Hamilton East 05.07.2017
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 11.07.2017
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 10.07.2017
Doughty, Stephen Labour Party Cardiff South and Penarth 13.07.2017
Gethins, Stephen Scottish National Party North East Fife 11.07.2017
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 11.07.2017
Grady, Patrick Scottish National Party Glasgow North 05.07.2017
Grant, Peter Scottish National Party Glenrothes 20.07.2017
Gray, Neil Scottish National Party Airdrie and Shotts 05.07.2017
Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 11.07.2017
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 17.07.2017
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 11.07.2017
Lake, Ben Plaid Cymru Ceredigion 06.07.2017
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 11.07.2017
Linden, David Scottish National Party Glasgow East 05.07.2017
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 10.07.2017
Martin, Sandy Labour Party Ipswich 09.10.2017
McNally, John Scottish National Party Falkirk 11.07.2017
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 06.07.2017
Sheppard, Tommy Scottish National Party Edinburgh East 11.07.2017
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 17.07.2017
Stevens, Jo Labour Party Cardiff Central 17.07.2017
Streeting, Wes Labour Party Ilford North 20.07.2017
Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 11.07.2017
Walker, Thelma Labour Party Colne Valley 18.07.2017
Whitford, Philippa Scottish National Party Central Ayrshire 12.07.2017