Welfare Reform Green Paper

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 24th January 2006.

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Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions, The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 3:32 pm, 24th January 2006

I pay tribute to the hon. Lady's extensive knowledge and experience in this area. I would be happy to discuss with her any of those ideas in more detail. That is right and proper. The whole point of the reforms is to try to personalise and individualise as much of the support and help that we provide to people on incapacity benefits as we can. I do not think that a one-size-fits-all approach would be right. I indicated in response to other questions that we are prepared to look at some of the alternatives to encourage part-time work. Nothing in the proposals affects the issue of disability living allowance. We are not proposing any changes to that. I understand that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health will outline shortly further proposals in relation to individual budgets, which I know that the hon. Lady follows with some interest. I hope that that will provide greater choice and flexibility, to which she has referred.

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Saint Swithins-Day
Posted on 25 Jan 2006 10:20 am (Report this annotation)

"The whole point of the reforms is to try to personalise and individualise as much of the support and help that we provide to people on incapacity benefits as we can."

So, how do you propose to do that when you're cutting DWP staff numbers? This is the act of a patent moron.