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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 30 June 2015

 

Committee of the whole House

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Scotland Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all remaining amendments and includes any withdrawn

 

amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in accordance with

 

the Order of the House [8 June 2015].

 

 


 

CLAUSES 19 TO 30, NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 3,

 

NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO PART 3

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

128

 

Clause  19,  page  21,  line  39,  leave out from “of” to the end of line 7 on page 22 and

 

insert “a disabled person or person with a physical or mental impairment or health

 

condition in respect of effects or needs arising from that disability, impairment or health

 

condition.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The current definition of ‘disability benefit’ used in the Bill is restrictive and could place

 

unnecessary limits on the kind of replacement benefit the Scottish Government has the power to

 

introduce. It may not, for example, allow the Scottish Government to introduce a benefit to assist

 

people with very low level disabilities or those for whom the effect of their disability is largely

 

financial.

 

Ian Murray

 

Kate Green

 

112

 

Clause  19,  page  22,  leave out lines 6 and 7

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Removes the word “short-term” in the clause devolving disability benefit. It is not clear what

 

“short-term” means in this context, how it will be defined or whom it may exclude from receiving

 

the benefit.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 30 June 2015              

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

48

 

Clause  19,  page  22,  line  45,  leave out sub-paragraph (a).

 


 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Ian Murray

 

115

 

Clause  20,  page  23,  line  27,  after “financial”, insert “or other”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would enable the provision of assistance, in relation to benefits for maternity,

 

funeral and heating expenses, in a form other than cash.

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

49

 

Clause  20,  page  23,  line  33,  leave out “8” and insert “9”

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

50

 

Clause  20,  page  23,  line  34,  leave out “8” and insert “9”

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

12

 

Clause  21,  page  24,  leave out lines 9 and 10

 



 
 

Committee of the whole House: 30 June 2015              

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Graham Allen

 

129

 

Clause  22,  page  24,  line  27,  leave out from “who” to “appears” in line 32.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The current Exception 6 would extend the power to provide discretionary housing payments only

 

to those already in receipt of housing benefit. Those who lose entitlement to any housing benefit as

 

a result of the under-occupancy charge are precluded from accessing discretionary housing

 

payments. The amendment seeks to allow the Scottish Parliament to mitigate the impact of the

 

bedroom tax.

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

116

 

Clause  22,  page  24,  leave out lines 36 to 48

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove some of the restrictions, including those relating to sanctions, in

 

relation to discretionary housing payments.

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

13

 

Clause  22,  page  24,  leave out lines 36 and 37

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

132

 

Clause  22,  page  25,  leave out lines 1 to 8

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The exception in the Bill could be problematic where claimants have had their housing benefit

 

wrongly suspended. The amendment would allow the Scottish Parliament to provide discretionary

 

housing payments in cases which might be regarded as arising from non-payability of a reserved

 

benefit.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

8

 

Clause  23,  page  25,  line  28,  leave out “short-term”


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 30 June 2015              

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

117

 

Clause  23,  page  25,  leave out lines 30 to 37

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would broaden when discretionary housing payments can be made by removing

 

some restrictions including those relating to sanctions.

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

111

 

Clause  23,  page  25,  line  39,  leave out “occasional”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

130

 

Clause  23,  page  25,  line  40,  after “individuals”, insert “(a)”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Ian Murray

 

131

 

Clause  23,  page  25,  line  45,  at end add “or

 

(b)    

who are part of a family facing exceptional pressure.”

 



 
 

Committee of the whole House: 30 June 2015              

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Ian Murray

 

118

 

Clause  24,  page  26,  line  20,  leave out from “unless” to end of line 25 and insert

 

“they have consulted the Secretary of State”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the requirement for the Scottish Government to obtain consent

 

from a UK Secretary of State in relation to Universal Credit and the costs of claimants who rent

 

accommodation.

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

5

 

Clause  24,  page  26,  line  23,  leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

 

“(b)    

they have consulted the Secretary of State as to when any change made

 

by the regulations is to start to have effect.’

 


 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Ian Murray

 

119

 

Clause  25,  page  26,  line  45,  leave out from “unless” to end of line 5 on page 27 and

 

insert “they have consulted the Secretary of State”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the requirement for the Scottish Government to obtain consent

 

from a UK Secretary of State in relation to persons to whom, and time when, Universal Credit is

 

paid.

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

7

 

Clause  25,  page  27,  line  1,  after second “of”, insert “the delivery mechanism for”


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 30 June 2015              

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

6

 

Clause  25,  page  27,  line  3,  leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

 

“(b)    

they have consulted the Secretary of State as to when any change made

 

by the regulations is to start to have effect.’

 


 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Ian Murray

 

120

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  line  22,  leave out from beginning to “for” in line 23 and insert

 

“Arrangements”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 120, 121 and 122 make provision for the Scottish Parliament to have power to

 

legislate on arrangements for employment support programmes.

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Ian Murray

 

121

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  leave out lines 27 to 29 and insert—

 

“(b)    

assisting persons (including persons claiming reserved benefits) who are

 

unemployed or at risk of long-term unemployment to select, obtain and

 

retain employment”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 120, 121 and 122 make provision for the Scottish Parliament to have power to

 

legislate on arrangements for employment support programmes.

 

Ian Murray

 

Kate Green

 

113

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  line  29,  leave out “where the assistance is for at least a year”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This would allow the provision of employment programmes where assistance is for less than a

 

year. The Scottish Government could develop support programmes for those who repeatedly move

 

in and out of short periods of work, or admit people to the Work Programme early.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 30 June 2015              

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Michelle Thomson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Ian Murray

 

122

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  line  34,  leave out “another person” and insert “a person other

 

than the person making the arrangements”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 120, 121 and 122 make provision for the Scottish Parliament to have power to

 

legislate on arrangements for employment support programmes.

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

9

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  line  36,  after “person”, insert “in conjunction with the local

 

authority”

 

Ian Murray

 

Kate Green

 

114

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

“(b)    

provision of support for disabled persons in the form of non-repayable

 

payments to enable them to access employment, remain in employment,

 

or move into self-employment or start a business.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides for the devolution of the Access-to-work scheme.

 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

Kate Green

 

10

 

Clause  26,  page  27,  line  41,  at end insert “and

 

(d)    

temporary jobs paid at least the national minimum wage providing a

 

route back into further work.”

 



 
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