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ESA WORK-RELATED ACTIVITY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 134: tabled on 05 July 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 29 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern the findings of the Trussell Trust report Financial insecurity, food insecurity, and disability: The profile of people receiving emergency food assistance from The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network in Britain, published in June 2017, which show that 78 per cent of households surveyed were severely food insecure and that 50 per cent had gone without heating for more than four days in the last 12 months; further notes the findings of the report that that almost three times more households who were in the employment and support allowance (ESA) Work-Related Activity group were among food bank users than was the case among claimants in the general population; praises the hard work of food bank volunteers at the Trussell Trust and other food banks across the UK; believes that the cutting of the ESA Work-Related Activity component for new claimants after April 2017 will push more ESA claimants into poverty at a time of rising inflation; notes figures from the IFS in March 2017 that ESA claimants impacted by this change will lose up to £1,500 a year as a result; strongly condemns the Government's position that the abolition of the ESA Work-Related Activity component provides the right incentives for ESA claimants to move into work; and calls on the Government immediately to reverse this cut and reinstate the ESA Work-Related Activity component to ESA as a matter of urgency.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 July 2017
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 July 2017
Inverclyde
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2017
Coventry South
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 July 2017
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Doughty, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 13 July 2017
Cardiff South and Penarth
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 July 2017
North East Fife
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2017
Birmingham, Hall Green
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2017
Glenrothes
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 July 2017
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2017
Jarrow
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 11 July 2017
North Down
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 July 2017
Ceredigion
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 July 2017
Dundee West
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 10 July 2017
Brighton, Pavilion
Martin, Sandy
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2017
Ipswich
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 July 2017
Falkirk
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 July 2017
Edinburgh East
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 July 2017
Glasgow South West
Stevens, Jo
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2017
Cardiff Central
Streeting, Wes
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2017
Ilford North
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 July 2017
Glasgow Central
Walker, Thelma
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2017
Colne Valley
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 July 2017
Central Ayrshire

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.