Good for the Lords.

They are quite right to tell the Conservative Government there is no evidence to support the claim that cutting ESA for people in the Work-Related Activity Group will provide an “incentive” for them to find a job.

In fact, that claim is an insult to people who are claiming the benefit because they are too ill to work.

And the move will force Tory MPs who spoke against the cut to put their own money where their mouths are.

Heidi Allen, for example, spoke up against the cut in the Commons last week – but voted with her party in favour of it.

Will she do the same, now the matter must return to the Commons again?

The House of Lords has defeated the government again over welfare reform and work bill proposals to cut £30 a week from the benefits of ill and disabled people who have been found unfit to work.

Peers passed an amendment that calls on ministers to deliver a formal assessment of the likely impact of the cut on the health, finances and work prospects of hundreds of thousands of claimants, who will see their unemployment benefits reduced by £1,500 a year.

The 286-219 vote repeats the government defeat on planned cuts to employment and support allowance (ESA) in January, sending the proposal back to the Commons and prolonging the “ping-pong” over the issue between the two houses.

MPs voted down the original Lords amendment in the Commons last week, despite a handful of Tory MPs speaking out against the bill.

Source: Lords rebuff Tory plan to cut ESA for second time | Politics | The Guardian

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