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Support for people with Multiple Sclerosis

Improving opportunities for people with health conditions and disabilities, including people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is a key priority for the Government. The aim of the Green Paper on work, health and disability which the Government has announced is to explore ways to help more people with long term conditions reap the benefits of work
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Supported housing

I completely agree that for many vulnerable people supported accommodation plays a vital role. The Government is committed to building a secure long-term funding framework for the sector, and encouraging further development in the sector. The changes to Housing Benefit announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement involve aligning the rules for claimants in the social sector
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Universal Credit

Campaigns Universal Credit is a major reform to our welfare system which is restoring the value of work, making sure it always pays to work, and crucially, that it pays to work more. Over 800,000 people have now made a claim to Universal Credit, with an average of more than 12,500 new claims being made
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Campaigns: Attendance Allowance

A number of constituents have contacted me about Attendance Allowance. Government is currently considering a range of ideas for the future of local government. I welcome the fact that more power and more responsibilities are being handed to local authorities. One area which is being looked at carefully is how we care for people in
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State Pension Age

State Pension Age

As you may be aware, equalising State Pension Age was necessary to meet the UK’s obligations under EU law to eliminate gender inequalities in social security provision. The Pensions Act 1995 legislated for this to be done gradually after 2010. Following sharp increases in life expectancy projections, the Government had to accelerate this process in
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Child poverty measures

The Government is committed to tackling child poverty and improving children’s life chances. The existing income-based child poverty measures, introduced in the Child Poverty Act 2010, do not address the root causes of poverty and incentivise Government to focus only on the symptoms. That is why the Welfare Reform and Work Bill contains provisions to
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Employment and Support Allowance

In the Summer Budget 2015, the Chancellor announced that, from April 2017, new ESA claimants who are placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) will receive the same rate of benefit as those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). This change only affects new claims made after that date and there will be no cash losers among
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