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Dame Anne Begg MP

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  • = Key Development Wednesday 2nd April
  • 11:17 Dame Anne Begg: Bedroom tax a blunt instrument On air

    On Air | Dame Anne Begg MP | Labour MP | BBC News Video Dame Anne Begg MP

    Dame Anne Begg described the so-called bedroom tax as a "blunt instrument" for reducing welfare costs. "Well, if the Government wants people to move house, then they have to make sure there are actually houses for them to move into or in... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 18th March
  • 00:01 Work & Pensions Cttee: Disability benefit delays unacceptable Press Release

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    Work and Pensions Committee press release Disability benefit delays unacceptable, say MPs The length of time disabled people are having to wait to find out if they are eligible for benefit is unacceptable, says the Work and Pensions C... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 25th February
  • 12:43 Dame Anne Begg: Atos contract should have been ended earlier On air

    On Air | Dame Anne Begg MP | Labour MP | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Dame Anne Begg MP

    Dame Anne Begg said the Government should have "pulled the plug" on Atos's work capability assesment contract earlier. "We signed the original contract but in fact this government re-signed it, let the contract for an extra few years. Bu... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 3rd February
  • 16:56 DWP accused of 'sweeping under the carpet' Universal Credit failures PoliticsHome News

    DWP accused of 'sweeping under the carpet' Universal Credit failures PoliticsHome News

    MPs have accused Iain Duncan Smith of "sweeping under the carpet” the delays in the Government’s flagship welfare project. The Department of Work and Pensions published its annual accounts on 10 December – six months after they were due ... Continue to article

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  • 22:19 Story (26 links): Davies censured for disabled work comments

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    Philip Davies has seen his Party leadership distance themselves from him following his suggestions that disabled people should offer to work for less than the minimum wage. His comments provoked fury from charities and Labour MPs. A CCHQ spokesman said: “These comments do not reflect the views of the Conservative party and do not reflect Government policy”.


    During the second reading debate of the Employment Opportunities Bill, Mr Davies said: “If an employer is looking at two candidates, one who has got disabilities and one who hasn't, and they have got to pay them both the same rate, I invite you to guess which one the employer is more likely to take on."


    Stephen Lloyd, a Liberal Democrat MP who is himself deaf, said: "I think this is an appalling idea and shows a complete lack of understanding of both disability and of the workplace. We will never deal with disability discrimination by entrenching it even more in the eyes of employers as cheap labour. I have a better idea, perhaps we should dock the wages of MP's who make particularly fatuous remarks around disability, starting with Philip Davies!"


    Speaking later on BBC Radio 4, Mr Davies denied that he was saying people should be paid less, insisting "[disabled] people should be given the opportunity to prove themselves...before moving higher up the payscale".


    Dame Anne Begg, Chair of the Work & Pensions Committee and Labour MP for Aberdeen South, expressed her disgust at Mr Davies’ remarks.

    "These comments are utterly outrageous and unacceptable. To suggest that disabled people should be treated as second class citizens is shocking and shows just what a warped world some Tories demonstrate they inhabit."

    Sophie Corlett, a Spokeswoman for the mental health charity MIND, said: "It is a preposterous suggestion that someone who has a mental health problem should be prepared to accept less than minimum wage to get their foot in the door with an employer.

    "People with mental health problems should not be considered a source of cheap labour and should be paid appropriately for the jobs they do."

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Davies censured for disabled work comments

Philip Davies has seen his Party leadership distance themselves from him following his suggestions that disabled people should offer to work for less than the minimum wage. His comments provoked fury from charities and Labour MPs. A CCHQ spokesman said: “These comments do not reflect the views of the Conservative party and do not reflect Government policy”.


During the second reading debate of the Employment Opportunities Bill, Mr Davies said: “If an employer is looking at two candidates, one who has got disabilities and one who hasn't, and they have got to pay them both the same rate, I invite you to guess which one the employer is more likely to take on."


Stephen Lloyd, a Liberal Democrat MP who is himself deaf, said: "I think this is an appalling idea and shows a complete lack of understanding of both disability and of the workplace. We will never deal with disability discrimination by entrenching it even more in the eyes of employers as cheap labour. I have a better idea, perhaps we should dock the wages of MP's who make particularly fatuous remarks around disability, starting with Philip Davies!"


Speaking later on BBC Radio 4, Mr Davies denied that he was saying people should be paid less, insisting "[disabled] people should be given the opportunity to prove themselves...before moving higher up the payscale".


Dame Anne Begg, Chair of the Work & Pensions Committee and Labour MP for Aberdeen South, expressed her disgust at Mr Davies’ remarks.

"These comments are utterly outrageous and unacceptable. To suggest that disabled people should be treated as second class citizens is shocking and shows just what a warped world some Tories demonstrate they inhabit."

Sophie Corlett, a Spokeswoman for the mental health charity MIND, said: "It is a preposterous suggestion that someone who has a mental health problem should be prepared to accept less than minimum wage to get their foot in the door with an employer.

"People with mental health problems should not be considered a source of cheap labour and should be paid appropriately for the jobs they do."