Stop The Welfare Reform Bill!
On September 13th the Welfare Reform Bill will go to The House Of Lords.
In order to stop them passing this bill I am asking you all to write to the list of speakers with your objections. There is a draft letter but please feel free to alter it to reflect your own personal situation.
The list of email addresses to write to (or website links) are below.
Baroness Thomas of Winchester
Baroness Morgan of Drefelin
Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Lord Bishop of Hereford
Countess of Mar
Lord Feldman of Elstree
Lord Stoneham of Droxford
Lord Boswell of Aynho
Baroness Campbell of Surbiton
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill
Baroness Hollis of Heigham
Baroness Howe of Idlicote
Lord Kennedy of Southwark
Baroness King of Bow
Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope
Lord Knight of Weymouth
Baroness Lister of Burtersett
Lord Low of Dalston
Lord Mackay of Clashfern
Lord Mckenzie of Luton
Lord Morris of Handsworth
Lord Newton of Braintree
Baroness Turner of Camden
Dear (insert Lord or Baroness’ name)
As you will be aware, the Welfare Reform Bill is due its 2nd Reading on 13 September, with the committee stage following. I am writing to you as a (insert disability/situation) to set out my main concerns about this bill and ask you to support me by speaking out in the House.
There are many aspects that concern me greatly. The abolishment of tax credits, most alarmingly the complete lack of help towards childcare costs. I believe this will not make work pay, but instead make it more difficult to manage financially both for all parents.
The introduction of Personal Independence Payments to replace the current Disability Living Allowance. I believe that the introduction of just two mobility rates will prevent many people who need extra help from receiving it. I am also very concerned that the news system for entitlement for PIPs will prevent genuinely disabled people, such as double amputees, from receiving any financial help.
The benefit cap will, I believe, plunge thousands of people into poverty and force many to move to unsuitable accommodation, lose valuable support networks and private landlords will evict tenants on benefits in favour of employed tenants, thus a rise in homelessness will occur.
The changes proposed to the Child Maintenance Scheme will certainly prevent many children living in lone parent families from ever climbing out of poverty. They are penalised from the moment their parents access the service and throughout the time the service is used. The government said that there would be no losers. It seems to me that there will be millions of losers, most of them children.
The Social Fund has been a lifesaver for many claimants for a long time. It has enabled people to but essential appliances for the home that they would otherwise be unable to afford, such as a washing machine, a bed, a cooker. The government wishes to abolish this service and replace it with a loan that the applicant will pay interest on. Currently social fund loans are interest free. Millions will be forced into enormous debt on very low incomes. That cannot be considered fair.
Iain Duncan Smith claims that he wants to ‘make work pay’. Sadly, his Welfare Reform Bill is not going to make work pay for millions. Reducing someone’s standard of living to a level where it is impossible to survive whether they work or not will not enable that to happen. Punishing the disabled, couples that separate, their children and their futures is not going to help anyone, least of all the tax payer, who will be picking up the tab for health issues that arise, the cost of homelessness and a generation of children with no prospects and no hope.
I urge you to oppose the bill on 13th September and help save us from a life of poverty and social destruction.