The government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill had its Second Reading in Parliament on Monday 20th July. What happens next is that there will be further detailed consideration of the Bill in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
I did not vote against the Bill at this early stage because it contains measures which I support, like improving the number and quality of apprenticeships for young people.
However, there are clearly parts of this Bill which I do not support, for example those affecting child poverty. In the months ahead there will be a series of votes on amendments to this legislation and we will be able to make our opposition to those parts of the Bill very clear.