Chair of Swindon Liberal Democrats speaks out against North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson's support for disability payments cuts

Despite huge amounts of criticism from the Liberal Democrats and other opposition parties Justin Tomlinson, the Minister of State for Disabled People, has defended the proposed changes to welfare support payments as announced in the 2016 Budget.

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Justin Tomlinson told the BBC that despite the £1.3bn reduction on welfare spending there would still be an increase in the number of people claiming Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and that more money would be directed to those who “needed it the most”.

Click here to see Justin Tomlinson's interview

The Conservative government has come under increasing on the proposals that will see allowances cut by up to nearly £140 a week for those in society who need the most support.

“I am always glad when Swindon earns national recognition” said Alex Hegenbarth, Chair of Swindon Liberal Democrats “but not for when one of our MPs backs a policy that they themselves admit will hit 640,000 of the most vulnerable people in the country. Not only will these changes make life harder for those who need the most help but it proves yet again that the Conservative promise that ‘we are all in this together’ is yet another falsehood.”

“The Liberal Democrats believe that a government should be there to help people reach their full potential; not only to help make their lives better but because it helps create a better society and a stronger, more vibrant and more robust economy. By withdrawing the helping-hand of disability allowances we not only take our support away from those who need it the most but we make our society and economy all the poorer for it.”

“It’s time for change and it’s time that we had an MP that makes sure the needs of all Swindon residents are put first. Let’s get Swindon recognised across the country for the right reasons.”

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