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Welfare Bill Defeated In Lords


Proposals to remove entitlement to Employment Support Allowance from 15,000 young 'disabled' people were defeated in the House of Lords last night. However, the government says it will press ahead with the Bill regardless. ESA has already proved hugely controversial, with large numbers of people being 'set up to fail'. If they are reintroduced in the Commons, the changes will mean that people who become sick or disabled before they are old enough to pay into the scheme through National Insurance will no longer be entitled to the benefit. This means they could face a lifetime on means-tested benefits.


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