Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said following the Government’s defeat in the House of Lords over plans to cut support for war widows, carers and disabled people and their families:
“The Lords voted today to protect war widows, carers and disabled people from having instant rent-cuts and potentially becoming homeless.
“To propose the idea shows just how far this Government has now left basic decency behind. The government attempted this desperate cut because they've let the unemployment bill spiral out of control. What they should focus on now is boosting the number of taxpayers by getting more people back into jobs.”