Former Labour MP and veteran campaigner for disabled rights Lord Ashley warned that there could be "catastrophic consequences" if the Government pushes ahead with the Bill in its present form. His fellow Labour peer, Lord Morris, said Labour should listen to the people over the issue. By voting against the cuts outlined in the Bill, he was supporting the Labour Party manifesto that made no mention of cuts against disabled people.
In its totality there are many plus factors in the Welfare Reform Bill. I only hope that taxing the disabled doesn't undermine these. As Lord Ashley said, this would mean that people with disabilities who qualify for benefit in the future - benefits below the poverty line - would have to pay tax.
D ANDREW COLDWELL
Huddersfield, West YorkshireReuse content