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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 15 October 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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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includes any withdrawn amendments at the end.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].

 


 

Guy Opperman

 

That the Order of the Committee of 10 September 2015 be amended as follows:

 

 

  (1) In paragraph (1), after sub-paragraph (e) insert—

 

 

      “(f) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 20 October;”.

 

 

  (2) In paragraph (4), for “Thursday 15 October” substitute “Tuesday 20 October”.

 


 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Owen Smith

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

19

 

Clause  16,  page  15,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“(7A)    

The waiting period before a person can apply for a loan under this section shall

 

be 13 weeks.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require that the waiting period before an application for a loan for mortgage interest can be

 

made is 13 weeks.


 
 

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Priti Patel

 

116

 

Clause  16,  page  15,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The regulations may define “owner-occupier payment”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides for regulations under clause 16 to define the term “owner-occupier

 

payment”. The definition will make provision about mortgage interest payments and payments

 

under alternative finance arrangements.

 

Priti Patel

 

117

 

Clause  16,  page  15,  line  26,  leave out subsection (8)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes definitions that are no longer needed for clause 16.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

134

 

Clause  16,  page  15,  line  34,  leave out subsection (11) and insert—

 

“(11)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations under this section may not be made

 

unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by resolution

 

of, each House of Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require that regulations under this section must be subject to the affirmative resolution

 

procedure.

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Ian Blackford

 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

64

 

Page  15,  line  1,  leave out Clause 16

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would mean those owner-occupiers who are in receipt of an income related

 

benefit can continue to claim additional help towards their mortgage interest payments and

 

mitigate risk of repossession of homes instead of introducing a loan system which will be secured

 

against their property.

 


 

Priti Patel

 

118

 

Clause  17,  page  15,  line  40,  leave out “pay mortgage interest” and insert “make

 

owner-occupier payments”


 
 

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Priti Patel

 

119

 

Clause  17,  page  15,  line  42,  leave out “property” and insert “particular

 

accommodation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 110 which replaces a reference to property

 

occupied as a home with a reference to accommodation occupied as a home.

 

Priti Patel

 

120

 

Clause  17,  page  16,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

provision about entering into an agreement (which may contain such

 

terms and conditions as the Secretary of State thinks fit, subject to what

 

may be provided in the regulations);”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes clear that regulations under clause 17(3) may make provision about

 

entering into agreements with persons receiving loans, and the Secretary of State may determine

 

the contents of such agreements.

 

Priti Patel

 

121

 

Clause  17,  page  16,  line  8,  leave out “the”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 120, which refers to the Secretary of State

 

determining the contents of agreements with persons receiving loans.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

135

 

Clause  17,  page  16,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

The regulations must make provision for persons applying for a loan to have

 

access to financial advice, which must be provided free of charge by an

 

organisation independent of the qualifying lender.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require that those applying for a loan must have access to free and impartial financial advice

 

which is independent of the lender to whom the application is made.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

136

 

Clause  17,  page  16,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

The regulations must provide for persons in receipt of Support for Mortgage

 

interest at the time the regulations come into force to continue to receive these

 

payments for a period of no less than 12 months before they are required to apply

 

for a loan.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To require that regulations setting out transitional protections for existing claimants of Support

 

for Mortgage Interest must include provisions requiring payments to continue to be made on the

 

basis of the current framework for at least 12 months following the date on which the regulations

 

come into force, before they are expected to apply for a loan.


 
 

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Priti Patel

 

122

 

Clause  17,  page  16,  line  16,  leave out “pay mortgage interest” and insert “make

 

owner-occupier payments”

 

Priti Patel

 

123

 

Clause  17,  page  16,  line  19,  leave out “pay mortgage interest” and insert “make

 

owner-occupier payments”

 

Priti Patel

 

124

 

Clause  17,  page  16,  line  28,  leave out “in respect of the mortgage interest” and

 

insert “in relation to which the amount is paid”

 

Priti Patel

 

125

 

Clause  17,  page  16,  line  39,  leave out from “is” to end of line 40 and insert “liable

 

to make owner-occupier payments under more than one agreement to make such

 

payments.”

 

Priti Patel

 

126

 

Clause  17,  page  16,  line  46,  leave out subsection (7)

 

Priti Patel

 

127

 

Clause  17,  page  17,  leave out lines 29 to 32

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes definitions that are no longer needed for clause 17.

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Ian Blackford

 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

65

 

Page  15,  line  36,  leave out Clause 17

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 64.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 15 October 2015                  

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

137

 

Clause  18,  page  17,  line  40,  leave out “repealed.” and insert “amended as

 

follows—

 

(a)    

insert at the end of subsection 1—

 

“(1AA)    

In addition to the conditions set out in subsection 1 a “relevant

 

beneficiary” must be an individual in receipt of pension credit

 

(see section 1 of the State Pension Credit Act 2002).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To maintain Support for Mortgage Interest as a benefit for anyone in receipt of State Pension

 

Credit and replace it with a loan only for those in receipt of income-based benefits for people of

 

working age.

 

Priti Patel

 

128

 

Clause  18,  page  17,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In section 3A of the State Pension Credit Act 2002 (housing credit), in subsection

 

(5)(a), omit the words from “(and,” to “payments)”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment adds a consequential amendment of section 3A(5)(a) of the State Pension Credit

 

Act 2002, which is about the meaning of “payments in respect of accommodation”. It removes a

 

reference to mortgage payments.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

138

 

Clause  18,  page  17,  line  41,  leave out subsections (2) and (3)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential to amendment 137.

 


 

Priti Patel

 

141

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  11,  at beginning insert “In relation to each relevant year,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 143 make clear that the reduction in rent applies in each year.

 

Priti Patel

 

142

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  12,  after first “in” insert “respect of”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 146 make clear that the rent in question is the rent due to be paid

 

in respect of a given period.

 

Priti Patel

 

143

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  12,  leave out first “a” and insert “that”


 
 

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Priti Patel

 

144

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  12,  after “is” insert “at least”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment permits a registered provider of social housing to make a reduction in rent of

 

more than the required 1%.

 

Priti Patel

 

145

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  13,  after “amount” insert “of rent”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is a drafting point.

 

Priti Patel

 

146

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  13,  after “in” insert “respect of”

 

Priti Patel

 

169

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

If—

 

(a)    

the tenancy of particular social housing comes to an end after part of a

 

relevant year has elapsed, or

 

(b)    

this section ceases to apply in relation to the tenancy of particular social

 

housing after part of a relevant year has elapsed,

 

    

the requirement in subsection (1) has effect in relation to the part of the relevant

 

year falling before that time with a proportionate reduction in the maximum

 

amount of rent payable to the registered provider by the tenant.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes clear that the reduction in rent required by clause 19(1) applies on a pro

 

rata basis.

 

Priti Patel

 

170

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  15,  leave out subsection (2)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is a drafting change.

 

Priti Patel

 

171

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  16,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

“(3)    

The amount of rent payable to the registered provider by the tenant in respect of

 

the 12 months preceding the first relevant year is to be treated for the purposes of

 

subsection (1) as having been the greater of the following amounts—

 

(a)    

the amount of rent that would have been payable in respect of those 12

 

months if the rate of rent applicable at the beginning of 8 July 2015 had

 

applied during those 12 months, and

 

(b)    

if the Secretary of State consents to the use by the registered provider of

 

a different day (“the permitted review day”), the amount of rent that

 

would have been payable in respect of those 12 months if the rate of rent

 

applicable at the beginning of the permitted review day had applied

 

during those 12 months.


 
 

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(3A)    

A consent given for the purposes of subsection (3) may be a consent given for a

 

particular case or for a description of cases.

 

(3B)    

If a tenancy existing in the first relevant year began before the beginning of 8 July

 

2015 but less than 12 months before the beginning of the first relevant year, the

 

tenancy is to be treated for the purposes of subsection (1) as having begun at least

 

12 months before the first relevant year (and subsection (3) is to have effect

 

accordingly).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment clarifies certain points: that subsection (1) applies to a tenancy in existence on 8

 

July 2015 whether or not the tenancy had existed for the 12 months preceding the first relevant

 

year; that a consent to use a different day for the rent calculation may be given for a description

 

of cases; and that a registered provider who has consent to use a different day may choose to limit

 

the first relevant year’s rent by reference to the greater amount.

 

Priti Patel

 

172

 

Clause  19,  page  18,  line  25,  leave out subsections (4) to (6).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendments NC19 and NS1 alter the provision for determining the amount

 

of rent payable in respect of the first relevant year (or a later relevant year) in cases not covered

 

by clause 19(1).

 

Priti Patel

 

147

 

Clause  19,  page  19,  line  9,  after “a” insert “private”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 148 secure that only private registered providers may have

 

relevant years starting on a date other than 1 April.

 

Priti Patel

 

173

 

Clause  19,  page  19,  line  10,  leave out “tenants” and insert “tenancies”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment secures that a private registered provider’s usual practice is determined by

 

reference to numbers of tenancies.

 

Priti Patel

 

148

 

Clause  19,  page  19,  line  19,  after “A” insert “private”

 

Priti Patel

 

174

 

Clause  19,  page  19,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

This section is subject to—

 

(a)    

section (Provision for excepted cases) (provision for excepted cases);

 

(b)    

Schedule (Further provision about social housing rents) (further

 

provision about social housing rents).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is a drafting change linked to amendment NC20 (a new clause about excepted

 

cases) and amendment NS1 (a new Schedule making provision about initial levels of rent for

 

tenancies beginning after the beginning of 8 July 2015).


 
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