MP questions Thurrock’s benefits system

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle Price rose on the floor of the House of Commons to plea the case of a constituent.

Ms Price said: “My constituent Nigel Freeman has suffered a very aggressive bout of cancer, and his best efforts to re-enter the world of work have been frustrated by the operation of the benefits system.

“Can my hon. Friend assure me that she will end the “one size fits all” approach to health conditions, so that people no longer find themselves trapped on benefits?

Maria Miller (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Disabled People), Work and Pensions; Basingstoke, Conservative) repled:

“My hon. Friend has raised an issue about which we are all eager to hear: that of people who are committed to returning to work despite very difficult personal circumstances.

“Under the Work programme, we shall be able to provide more personal and individual back-to-work support for those who face more significant barriers. We want to provide a system of Government support that treats people in a dignified way and assesses them for what they can do, not for what they cannot.

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