Mencap chief executive Mark Goldring has responded to House of Lords vote on Employment Support Allowance.
Wednesday 01 February 2012
Mencap chief executive Mark Goldring has responded to the news that MPs have voted down House of Lords changes to reduce entitlements to Employment Support Allowance. We are extremely disappointed by the Government's rejection of the Lord’s amendments, and failure to listen to the concerns of disabled people and their families, says Goldring.
Mencap chief executive responds to the Government’s rejection of the ESA amendments made by the House of Lords to the Welfare Reform Bill.
Mark Goldring, Mencap’s chief executive, said:
"We are extremely disappointed by the Government's rejection of the Lord’s amendments, and failure to listen to the concerns of disabled people and their families.
Putting in placing arbitrary time limits is nothing more than a cost saving measure which ignores the needs and challenges which many people with a disability face when trying to find employment."
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