Posted by George Hampshire732pc on August 03, 2015
Why Harriet Harman opposed the Welfare Bill
Many of us raised concerns about the Party’s stance on the Welfare Reform Bill. Harriet said that as interim leader she didn’t want to set policy positions in advance of the new leader being elected and the Party’s manifesto had supported an overall cap on benefits. However following discussion the Parliamentary Labour Party had voted AGAINST the Welfare Reform and Work Bill with a ‘Reasoned Amendment’. She explained that the Tories had grouped together a number of issues in the Bill which the Party would support, and that they would love us to see us oppose, such as the commitment to 3 million apprenticeships, cuts to council and social housing rents and extra support for troubled families, along-with a number we certainly oppose like the abolition of child poverty targets and cuts to the support provided to the sick and disabled who cannot work. Additionally, she made clear that the Party will vote against the cuts to tax credits which will make 3 million low and middle income working families worse off. These measures were not in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill – they will be included within Statutory Instruments in the autumn, and Labour will oppose them.