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Citizens Advice Scotland And Sickness And Disability Benefits

EDM number 496 in 2003-04, proposed by Archy Kirkwood on 27/01/2004.

That this House welcomes Citizens Advice Scotland's recent report, Riding the Benefits Roller-coaster, looking at experiences of Scottish Citizens Advice Bureaux clients in claiming sickness and disability benefits; notes that sick and disabled people are missing out on benefits they are entitled to due to a lack of understanding of the current system; further notes the uncertainty caused by the processes for reviewing on-going entitlement to these benefits; further notes with concern the conflicting guidance given to general practitioners about their role in providing medical evidence for appeals against disablity benefits decisions and the difficulty this creates for people in the process of appealing; recognises the impact of these problems on sick and disabled people and on their carers and communities across the United Kingdom; applauds the valuable role played by Citizens Advice Bureaux in advising clients about sickness and disability benefits; considers that the Government should reconsider the processes for reviewing entitlement to sickness benefits to mitigate the effects of the current procedures on legitimate benefits claimants and should further consider working with the devolved administrations in clarifying the responsibilities of general practitioners in relation to providing further evidence to patients challenging disability benefits decisions; and calls on the Government to take action to raise awareness of entitlement to disability-related benefits.

This motion has been signed by a total of 46 MPs.

Archy Kirkwood27/01/2004Roxburgh & BerwickshireLiberal DemocratProposed
Ann McKechin27/01/2004Glasgow, MaryhillLabourSigned
Peter Duncan27/01/2004Galloway & Upper NithsdaleConservativeSigned
Michael Weir27/01/2004AngusScottish National PartySigned
Paul Keetch28/01/2004HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew George28/01/2004St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Rudi Vis28/01/2004Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Harry Barnes29/01/2004North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Bill Tynan29/01/2004Hamilton SouthLabourSigned
Annabelle Ewing29/01/2004PerthScottish National PartySigned
Paul Holmes29/01/2004ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Robert Smith02/02/2004West Aberdeenshire & KincardineLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Lazarowicz02/02/2004Edinburgh North & LeithLabour Co-operativeSigned
Alistair Carmichael02/02/2004Orkney & ShetlandLiberal DemocratSigned
John Barrett02/02/2004Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Jimmy Wray03/02/2004Glasgow, BailliestonLabourSigned
Tony Worthington03/02/2004Clydebank & MilngavieLabourSigned
Gavin Strang03/02/2004Edinburgh East & MusselburghLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn03/02/2004Islington NorthLabourSigned
Menzies Campbell03/02/2004Fife North EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Moore03/02/2004Tweeddale, Ettrick & LauderdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Kevin McNamara03/02/2004Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Jim Sheridan03/02/2004West RenfrewshireLabourSigned
Tom Clarke03/02/2004Coatbridge & ChrystonLabourSigned
Nigel Jones04/02/2004CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Gregory Campbell04/02/2004East LondonderryDUPSigned
Frank Cook04/02/2004Stockton NorthLabourSigned
Vincent Cable05/02/2004TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Etherington05/02/2004Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
John McDonnell05/02/2004Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Rob Marris05/02/2004Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Alan Simpson05/02/2004Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Alex Salmond05/02/2004Banff & BuchanScottish National PartySigned
Iris Robinson05/02/2004StrangfordDUPSigned
David Hamilton06/02/2004MidlothianLabourSigned
John Thurso06/02/2004Caithness, Sutherland & Easter RossLiberal DemocratSigned
Pete Wishart06/02/2004North TaysideScottish National PartySigned
John Robertson09/02/2004Glasgow, AnnieslandLabourSigned
Frank Roy09/02/2004Motherwell & WishawLabourSigned
Martin O'Neill09/02/2004OchilLabourSigned
Brian H Donohoe09/02/2004Cunninghame SouthLabourSigned
Betty Williams09/02/2004ConwyLabourSigned
Lynne Jones12/02/2004Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
John McFall12/02/2004DumbartonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Alan Reid23/02/2004Argyll & ButeLiberal DemocratSigned
Russell Brown18/06/2004DumfriesLabourSigned

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