Category Archives: ESA

Are you fit to work?

How do you know if you’re fit to go to work? You would think, wouldn’t you, that being able to get ready and out, get yourself to your place of work, work your shift and get home again would be … Continue reading

Posted in ATOS, ESA, Sue Marsh, Welfare Reform | 3 Comments

Leadership programme hopefuls and new MEP among signatories of candidates’ plea to Clegg on Welfare Reform

Today’s Guardian carries a report that more than 50 Liberal Democrat candidates at the last election have written to Nick Clegg to ask for a rethink on welfare reform. This shows that many within the Party are unhappy with measures like … Continue reading

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Why are Paddy and other Lib Dem Peers picking this Welfare Reform fight?

So, Liberal Democrat peers are preparing to stage a second major rebellion on the Welfare Reform Bill. The first, before Christmas, helped to defeat the Government’s plans to cut Housing Benefit for those in houses with one spare bedroom. Paddy … Continue reading

Posted in Benefits cap, Daily Mail, ESA, Housing benefit, Paddy Ashdown, Welfare Reform | 1 Comment

+++Breaking News Lords reject one year time limit for ESA

As you might know, I have been very concerned at the Government’s proposals to limit contributory Employment and Support Allowance for those in the Work Related Activity Group to one year. Well, the BBC News Channel has just reported that … Continue reading

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My e-mail to Liberal Democrat Peers on ESA #wrb

I knocked this up in about ten minutes in between getting the kids’ breakfast yesterday morning and taking them to school. I am writing as a Liberal Democrat member to ask you to vote against the Government’s proposal to impose … Continue reading

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ESA Time Limit – 2 days to act! Write to a Lib Dem Peer now

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger has picked up my post from the other day about writing to Lib Dem peers ahead of the vote on time limiting contributory Employment and Support Allowance in the House of Lords, scheduled for this … Continue reading

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Six days to get rid of the 12 month time limit to ESA

Next Wednesday, 11th January, the House of Lords will be debating the Welfare Reform Bill. It’s expected that the controversial clause time limiting contributory Employment and Support Allowance to one year for those in the Work Related Activity Group, those … Continue reading

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Former MP John Barrett speaks out against ESA assessments for Cancer patients

Regular readers will be aware of mine and George Potter’s campaign against the Government’s proposals to put Cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy through work capability assessments. At the moment, if you have Cancer and are undergoing IV chemo, you … Continue reading

Posted in Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Edinburgh Evening News, ESA, John Barrett, MacMillan Cancer Support | 2 Comments

Former Liberal Democrat MP John Barrett backs campaign to exempt all cancer patients from work assessments

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a text from John Barrett, the former Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, yesterday morning as I was tootling round the supermarket. He wanted to let me know that he was “happy to support … Continue reading

Posted in ESA, John Barrett, MacMillan Cancer Support, Tim Farron, Welfare Reform | 1 Comment

Please support Glasgow North’s brilliant amendment to the ESA Motion at #ldconf

The Federal Conference Committee has published its Conference Extra which lists last minute changes to the agenda and If I could choose just one amendment and motion to pass from this year’s Conference, it would be the one which, if … Continue reading

Posted in ESA, George Potter, Welfare Reform | 5 Comments