Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Protection for children under five overturned by MPs

Hull and East Riding Green Party: Next Meeting
7.30pm, Thu 26th November
King's Head, Nafferton

URGENT -- please take action by the end of Wednesday

Welfare Reform Bill -- protection for children under five overturned by MPs

MPs supporting the government tonight brutally overturned the amendment won in the Lords, which protected single parents of children under five from losing benefit for not doing "work-related activity". Single parent families could have their benefit cut by 40%. This is an outrageous attack on single mothers who are looking after children full-time. 236 MPs voted against the government, and some made clear that mothers’ caring work is a vital contribution to society. It should be recognised not penalised.

Please write to the Lords who backed the amendment to urge them to keep this important protection for children, and let them know the strength of feeling in the community on this issue. Personal statements from mothers, fathers and carers are most convincing.

Lord Freud, the Conservative Lord who led on this amendment, will raise it again when the Bill goes back to the Lords on Thursday at 11.30am. We have another chance of defeating the government on their uncaring policy.

Fax number for the Lords: 020 7219 5979 (mark for the attention of the Peer you are writing to.)

(As time is short, please send your letters direct, don’t rely on us to forward them, but do send us a copy at
Fax 020 7209 4761)

Please write to:


· Chris Scott
Conservative Office, House of Lords – has undertaken to pass on emails received by end of Wednesday.

· Lord Freud
Fax: 020 7219 5979 – mark attention Lord Freud
Tel: 020 7219 4907

· Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE
Tel: 020 7219 4051

· Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE
Tel: 020 7219 5353

Liberal Democrats

· Baroness Celia Thomas
Tel: 020 7219 3586

· Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope
Fax: 020 7219 5979 – mark Attention Lord Kirkwood
(no email)


· Lord Northbourne
Tel: 020 7219 3884
Fax: 020 7219 5933

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