Baroness Royall, Labour’s Shadow Leader in the House of Lords, said following the Government’s decision to dilute proper parliamentary scrutiny of its Welfare Reform Bill:
“The Tory-led Government has dealt disabled people, and vulnerable people dependent on support, a severe blow by forcing through a procedure to squirrel its Welfare Reform Bill away from scrutiny in the main chamber of the House of Lords.
“Ignoring the pleas of disabled groups – as well as disabled peers in the chamber itself – the Government declined Labour’s offer of further constructive discussions to reach agreement on how to handle the Bill in Parliament. This is a bad day for consensus, a bad day for democracy – and most importantly - a bad day for disabled and vulnerable people. This Government should be ashamed of itself.”