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 Roger Berry Roger Berry Labour, Kingswood 3:32 pm, 24th January 2006

Obviously, we shall all want to look at the details in the Green Paper, but in view of previous debates on incapacity benefits in this House and elsewhere, I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend's very positive statement, particularly the speedy national roll-out of pathways to work, which is about recognising the barriers that disabled people face and taking the actions necessary to remove those barriers. Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the key essentials is to ensure that those responsible for giving support and advice to benefit claimants have the skills and the resources to do their job properly? Without that, there is a great danger that this magnificent way of dealing with the problem might not be as effective as would otherwise be the case.

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Saint Swithins-Day
Posted on 25 Jan 2006 10:28 am (Report this annotation)

It is known that Jobcentre Plus staff were very daunted that they would now be attempting to assist people with profound mental and physical ill-health with minimal training given to help them cope. And that was before they realised huge numbers of their colleagues were going to be made redundant. Watch morale plummet.