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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 15 September 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: 108

 

Welfare Reform and Work Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [10 September 2015].

 


 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Ian Blackford

 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

22

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  3,  leave out “Parliament” and insert “the House of

 

Commons, the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the National

 

Assembly for Wales”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This would require the Secretary of State to report to the elected chambers across the UK with a

 

responsibility for policies that can contribute to full employment.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 15 September 2015                

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

1

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out from “and” to end of subsection and insert “for

 

the purposes of this report “full employment” is defined as 80% of the working age

 

population.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To specify that the purpose of reporting on progress toward full employment, full employment is

 

defined as 80% of the working population.

 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

2

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

In this report the Secretary of State must also set out the progress that has been

 

made toward halving the disability employment gap.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require the report on progress towards full employment to also report on progress towards the

 

Government’s stated aim to halve the disability employment gap.

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Ian Blackford

 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

23

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Secretary of State will appear before a Committee in each of the Scottish

 

Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and the National Assembly for Wales to

 

answer questions about the report.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This would require the Secretary of State to appear before a committee in Scotland, Wales and

 

Northern Ireland to answer questions about the full employment report.

 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

106

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The report in subsection (1) must include information about:

 

(a)    

the job quality of new jobs created, as set out in section [Definition of job

 

quality] of this Act;

 

(b)    

the distribution of the quality of jobs by occupation, industry, sector and

 

region; and

 

(c)    

the distribution of the quality of jobs by sex, race, disability and age.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require the report on progress towards full employment to also report on progress on quality

 

of jobs, the distribution of those jobs and a breakdown of the employees in those jobs.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 15 September 2015                

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Ian Blackford

 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

24

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  7,  leave out subsection (2)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This would remove the provision that repeals the full employment reporting obligation at the end

 

of the current Parliament.

 


 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

75

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

information about the uptake of apprenticeships broken down by region,

 

gender, age, ethnicity, disability, sector, qualification and level,

 

(ab)    

a report by the UK Commission on Employment and Skills on the quality

 

of apprenticeship being provided, and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To specify additional information that must be included in the Secretary of State’s report progress

 

towards meeting the apprenticeship target.

 

Neil Coyle

 

102

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

information about the number of people with special educational needs and

 

disabilities entering into apprenticeships; and

 

(ab)    

information about the number of people with Education Health and Care plans

 

entering into apprenticeships.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require the Secretary of State to report on the number of people with special educational needs

 

and disabilities entering into apprenticeships.

 

Jess Phillips

 

99

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  5,  at end insert “and that 20,000 of these apprenticeships are

 

taken up by children and young persons leaving care.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To amend the apprenticeships target to require that 20,000 of the three million apprenticeships are

 

taken up by children and young people leaving care.

 

Neil Coyle

 

103

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  5,  at end insert “and that a specified proportion of the three

 

million apprenticeships are entered into by people with special educational needs or

 

disabilities.


 
 

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

(2A)    

For the purpose of subsection (2) the Secretary of State shall, by regulation,

 

specify the proportion of apprenticeships that must be entered into by people with

 

special educational needs or disabilities for the target to be met.

 

(2B)    

The Secretary of State must lay before Parliament in each reporting period a

 

report setting out how they plan to meet the apprenticeship target as it relates to

 

people with special educational needs or disabilities.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require the Government to ensure that a specific proportion of apprenticeships are taken up by

 

persons with special educational needs or disabilities for its apprenticeship target to be met and

 

to require the Secretary of State to report on how they intend to meet that target.

 

Jess Phillips

 

100

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

In this section “children and young persons leaving care” has the same meaning

 

as in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 99, to define the term “children and young

 

persons leaving care”.

 


 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

4

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  46,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

The matters by which the progress made by a household that receives relevant

 

support shall be measured under subsection (1)(b) include whether a member of

 

the household is in employment.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This requires one of the factors which is used to measure whether a household receive support is

 

making progress is whether or a not a member of the household is employed.

 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

5

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

A report prepared under this section must include information about the number

 

of households receiving support where a member of the household, who had not

 

previously been in employment during the last 12 month, has entered

 

employment.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require the report on support for troubled households to specify the number of households

 

receiving support where a member of the household has become employed.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 15 September 2015                

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

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Clause  3,  page  3,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

A report prepared under this section must include information about the total

 

value of expenditure directed at supporting relevant households by—

 

(a)    

local government,

 

(b)    

central government, and

 

(c)    

government agencies.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require the report on support for troubled households to specify how much has been spent to

 

support targeted households by different parts of government.

 


 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

77

 

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  33,  after paragraph (b) insert—

 

“(ba)    

children living in low income working households.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require the Secretary of State to include data on children living in low income working

 

households in their report on the life chances of children.

 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

78

 

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  35,   leave out “4” and insert “1, 2, 3 and 4”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require the Secretary of State to include data on the educational attainment of children at Key

 

Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 rather than only at Key Stage 4.

 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

79

 

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  37,   leave out “4” and insert “1, 2, 3 and 4”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require the Secretary of State to include data on the educational attainment of disadvantaged

 

children at Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 rather than only at Key Stage 4.

 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

80

 

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  37,   after paragraph (d) insert—

 

“(e)    

key health indicators for children in England;

 

(f)    

key health indicators for disadvantaged children in England.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require the Secretary of State to include key health indicators in their report on the life chances

 

of children.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 15 September 2015                

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

81

 

Clause  4,  page  5,  line  3,   after paragraph (f) insert—

 

“(g)    

low income”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

A consequential amendment to amendment 77.

 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

82

 

Clause  4,  page  5,  line  3,   after paragraph (f) insert—

 

“(g)    

key health indicators”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

A consequential amendment to amendment 80.

 

Anna Turley

 

98

 

Clause  4,  page  5,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

The Secretary of State must, before the end of the period of 12 months beginning

 

with the day on which this Act is passed, publish and lay before Parliament the

 

first life chances strategy for England.

 

(5B)    

Before the end of the period to which the strategy relates, the Secretary of State

 

must review the strategy and publish and lay before Parliament a revised

 

strategy.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This ensures that the Government must produce a life chances strategy for England.

 


 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

7

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  leave out lines 16 to 27 and insert—

 

“5      

Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission: additional functions

 

(1)    

After Section 8A of the Child Poverty Act 2010 insert—”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To leave the name of the “Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission” unchanged.

 

Priti Patel

 

86

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  23,  leave out from “which” to end of line 24 and insert

 

“section 5 of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2015 comes into force.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment brings the date from which the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission is

 

to be called the Social Mobility Commission into line with the commencement of the other changes

 

to the Commission made by clause 5.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 15 September 2015                

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

8

 

Clause  5,  page  6,  leave out lines 15 and 16

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

A consequential amendment to amendment 7 to leave the name of the “Social Mobility and Child

 

Poverty Commission” unchanged.

 


 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

9

 

Clause  6,  page  6,  line  18,  leave out subsection 1

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Leave child poverty targets and measures unchanged.

 

Anna Turley

 

97

 

Clause  6,  page  6,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

In section 2 (Duty of Secretary of State to ensure that targets in sections 3 to 6 are

 

met) for “2020” substitute “2030”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amends the Child Poverty Act 2010 to set new child poverty targets for 2030 rather than 2020.

 

To be read in conjunction with amendment 9.

 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

10

 

Clause  6,  page  7,  leave out from beginning of line 25 to end of Clause

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Leave child poverty targets and measures unchanged.

 

Priti Patel

 

87

 

Clause  6,  page  8,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

in the section heading omit “Regulations and”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the words “Regulations and “ from the heading of section 28 of the Child

 

Poverty Act 2010, consequential on the changes of substance to this section made by clause 6(7),

 

which removes references to regulations.

 



 
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