Liberal Democrat party conference in September 2011 passed a policy motion which opposed any arbitrary time limit on contributory Employment and Support Allowance (cESA), which the Hardest Hit coalition welcomed.
The one-year time limit on how long someone can receive cESA was originally in the bill despite the Department for Work and Pensions estimating that 94% of those on cESA and in the work related activity group will take longer than this to find work. While the House of Lords did not remove this limit from the bill entirely, an amendment was successfully passed to make this time limit a minimum of two years (potentially more). But in February MPs will vote on whether to accept this Lords amendment, so please urge your own MP to vote to support disabled people.
If you live in a constituency with a Lib Dem MP, please make a special effort to go to see your MP in person this week (the vote in the House of Commons could be as early as 1 February). As Lib Dem policy is against any time limit, we believe that Lib Dem MPs should at least support this Lords amendment which extends the time limit and so mitigates the effect for some people.
The below table gives details of when Lib Dem MPs are holding their surgeries before the end of the month. All Lib Dem MPs are listed, some may have other surgeries which we do not currently have information about. It is recommended that you telephone the constituency office to check details or make an appointment.
If you don’t have Microsoft Word installed click this link to view the table online using Google Docs: Liberal Democrat MP surgeries (online version)