Oral Answers to Questions — Social Fund

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2 April 2001.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Labour, Shipley 12:00, 2 April 2001

Is not the social fund an example of the most basic necessary safety net that we have in our welfare system, as it provides help with furniture, cookers and even funeral payments? What does my hon. Friend think is the dogmatic motivation behind the Conservative party's proposing such an enormous cut in that benefit?