New figures released today showed that that the Department for Work and Pensions lost £3 billion due to fraud and error last year, less than a third of which was ever recovered. Commenting on the figures, Emily said:Read more
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Commenting on today’s release of new DWP statistics on sanctions for people with mental health conditions on ESA, Emily said:
“It is an absolute disgrace that the DWP has sanctioned more than 42,000 people with mental health problems in the last five years. This is not about getting people into work.Read more
Emily put in to speak during today's debate on the proposed changes to Junior Doctors' contracts, but due to such high interest in the debate she was not called to give her speech. You can, however, read the full text of what she would have said below.Read more
"With a price tag approaching £3 billion and a success rate of less than 30 per cent, the Government’s flagship Work Programme has been an expensive disappointment.
Today Emily moved New Clause 15 in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill Committee. The New Clause would repeal the Government's recent cuts to tax credits, and you can read Emily's speech to the Committee below.Read more
With six million jobs paying less than enough to live on, now is exactly the wrong time for cuts to tax credits
Responding to today’s release of statistics on low pay, Emily said:
“With six million jobs paying less than enough to live on, now is exactly the wrong time for a multi-billion pound cut to working people’s tax credits. The Government’s approach is completely wrong and needs an urgent rethink.
To the Editor
I am sure readers will not be surprised to hear that it’s been a particularly lively week in Westminster. As MPs returned to Parliament for the first time since the summer break, most of the attention was understandably focussed on my constituency neighbour, Jeremy Corbyn. I congratulate Jeremy on his victory in the Labour leadership contest and I am committed to working with him as our party’s leader.Read more
Click here to read Emily's guest article on welfare reform.