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MPs debate on reductions to Employment Support Allowance and universal credit

03 November 2016

On Thursday 17 November MPs debated a motion in the House of Commons Chamber on reductions to Employment Support Allowance and universal credit.

This debate was opened by Neil Gray, Scottish National Party MP for Airdrie and Shotts.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

There are also two briefing papers for this debate, produced by the House of Commons Library, which include more information on the subject of this debate.

Motion debated

That this House notes the Government’s plans to reduce the Employment Support Allowance work-related activity component and the corresponding limited capability for work component in universal credit in April 2017;  further notes that this measure will cut the weekly amount received by recipients with long term health conditions or disabilities by £30 and that these cuts are due to take place before the promised Work and Health programme Green Paper can be considered or implemented; and therefore calls on the Government to use the upcoming Autumn Statement to postpone the cuts to Employment Support Allowance work-related activity component and the corresponding limited capability for work component in universal credit until appropriate alternative measures to progress the commitment to halve the disability employment gap have been considered, in order to secure support for current and future claimants so that sick and disabled people are supported adequately when they are unable to work.

Backbench Business Committee

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