Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:09 pm on 17th November 2016.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Labour, Edinburgh South 12:09 pm, 17th November 2016

I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. Most disabled people I know in my constituency are desperate to work if they can and would give every penny they have to get back into work, but can I just press him on one point? He said at the start of his speech that the only way we will persuade the Government to change their mind is through a Conservative Back-Bench rebellion. That is not going to happen, so can I plead with him to join me in persuading the Scottish Government to use the welfare powers they have to replace ESA for disabled people in Scotland? They have done it with the bedroom tax; let us persuade them to do it with this as well.