Monday, October 14, 2019

Justin Tomlinson appointed new disabilities minister – his voting record

Justin Tomlinson MP has been appointed as the new disabilities minister following the resignation of Sarah Newton MP last month over Brexit.

Mr Tomlinson is the Conservative MP for North Swindon and is a former member of the Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, a cross-party group of MPs charged with scrutinising government welfare policy.

He returns to the job he left in July 2016, when he helped to oversee widespread changes to disability-related benefits.

Campaigners protest against government welfare changes. Photo: Paula Peters

Voting Record

Mr Tomlinson has:

  • Generally voted against laws to promote equality and human rights.
  • Almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms.
  • Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices.
  • Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability.
  • Consistently voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support.
  • Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits.
  • Consistently voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

Source: theyworkforyou.com

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