Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:57 pm on 29th March 2011.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 4:57 pm, 29th March 2011

I have just gone through them. They involved £57 billion-worth of discretionary action—[ Interruption. ] The difference between us—[ Interruption. ] Well, let us take the Secretary of State’s own Department. Regarding the £18 billion savings in annually managed expenditure, we said that where there is a temporary switch from RPI to CPI for the next three years, we will support that; where there is a need to reform the disability living allowance, we will support it; and where there is a need to introduce new limits on employment and support allowance, we will support that. We do not think, however, that the Government should introduce reform simply by cutting. They should couple some of those reforms with the need to look again at the support that working families actually need.