Clause 83

Part of Welfare Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:15 pm on 10th May 2011.

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Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton Conservative, Truro and Falmouth 8:15 pm, 10th May 2011

The hon. Lady has welcomed the commitment from the Government to make a principled decision. Does she agree that it is not possible to make a principled decision about a gateway into assessing the level of need and support that somebody needs, as a firm budget saving?

It is reasonable that the Government have identified, in the round, an estimation of the savings with these reforms. Those savings cannot be as precise as the hon. Lady is intimating, because it is a principled decision.