COMMENTING on the proposed Welfare Reforms unveiled by Secretary of State James Purnell, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “The proposed reforms are aimed at giving people real help to get them off benefits and back into work, where appropriate.
“There will also be equality and choice for disabled people, giving those with the greatest need an extra £17.60 a week.
“These measures are fair and ensure the mistakes of the 1980s are not repeated, when whole generations in West Lancashire were written off to a lifetime on benefits.
“Today, there are 31% fewer people in West Lancashire claiming benefits compared to 11 years ago, and 20% fewer people on sickness/incapacity. These proposals ensure that help is given to people to help them achieve their potential so they can contribute to society.”