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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 15 October 2015

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Welfare Reform and Work Bill


 

[Ninth and Tenth Sittings]


 

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”.

 

 

Agreed to

 


 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Owen Smith

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Withdrawn  19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.”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  116

 

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

 

“( )    

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  117

 

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


 
 

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

Withdrawn  134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.”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Ian Blackford

 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

Not selected  64

 

Page  15,  line  1,  leave out Clause 16

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to on division.

 


 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  118

 

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

 

owner-occupier payments”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  119

 

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

 

accommodation”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  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);”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  121

 

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

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

Withdrawn  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.”


 
 

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

Withdrawn  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.”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  122

 

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

 

owner-occupier payments”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  123

 

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

 

owner-occupier payments”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  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

 

Agreed to  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

 

Agreed to  126

 

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  127

 

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

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Ian Blackford

 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

Not selected  65

 

Page  15,  line  36,  leave out Clause 17

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to on division.

 



 
 

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

Negatived on division  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).”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  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)”.”

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

Not called  138

 

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

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to on division.

 


 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  141

 

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  142

 

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  143

 

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  144

 

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  145

 

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  146

 

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


 
 

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  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.”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  170

 

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  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.

 

(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).”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  172

 

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  147

 

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  173

 

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

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  148

 

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


 
 

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  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).”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  175

 

Clause  19,  page  19,  line  23,  leave out subsections (9) and (10)

 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Chris Leslie

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Owen Smith

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Withdrawn  21

 

Clause  19,  page  19,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“(9A)    

The Secretary of State must, within 12 months of this section coming into force,

 

produce a plan to offset the impact of lower social rents on housing associations

 

and local government.”

 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Owen Smith

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Not called  85

 

Clause  19,  page  19,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“(9A)    

The Secretary of State must, within 12 months of this section coming into force,

 

produce a report outlining the impact of the reduction in social housing rents on

 

the availability of accessible and supported housing.”

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Not called  184

 

Clause  19,  page  19,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(11)    

Sections 19 to 22 will cease to have effect on 1 April 2020.”

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to on division.

 


 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  176

 

Clause  20,  page  19,  line  42,  leave out paragraph (c) and insert—

 

“(1A)    

Section 19 does not apply in relation to social housing that consists of or is

 

included in a property if, where the property is subject to a mortgage or other

 

arrangement under which it is security for the payment of a sum or sums—

 

(a)    

the mortgagee, or a person entitled under the arrangement to be in

 

possession of the property, is in possession of the property,


 
 

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(b)    

a receiver has been appointed by the mortgagee, by a person entitled

 

under the arrangement to do so or by the court to receive the rents and

 

profits of that property and that appointment is in force, or

 

(c)    

a person has been appointed under or because of the mortgage or the

 

arrangement to administer or sell or otherwise dispose of the property and

 

that appointment is in force.”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  177

 

Clause  20,  page  19,  line  47,  leave out paragraph (d) and insert—

 

“( )    

If a registered provider’s interest in property that consists of or includes social

 

housing—

 

(a)    

was mortgaged or made subject to an arrangement other than a mortgage

 

under which the interest in property was security for the payment of a

 

sum or sums, and

 

(b)    

is sold or otherwise disposed of after the coming into force of section 19

 

by—

 

(i)    

the mortgagee or a person entitled under the arrangement to do

 

so,

 

(ii)    

a receiver appointed by the mortgagee, by a person entitled under

 

the arrangement to do so or by the court to receive the rents and

 

profits of the interest in property, or

 

(iii)    

a person appointed under or because of the mortgage or the

 

arrangement to exercise powers that consist of or include the sale

 

or other disposal of the interest in property,

 

    

section 19 ceases at that time to apply in relation to that social housing.”

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Neil Coyle

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

Withdrawn  109

 

Clause  20,  page  20,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

“(e)    

the accommodation is specified accommodation, as defined in the

 

Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Supported Accomodation)

 

(Amendment) Regulations 2014.”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  149

 

Clause  20,  page  20,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Regulations made by virtue of subsection (3)(e) may include provision about

 

periods during a tenancy when the rent payable is temporarily reduced or

 

waived.”

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  178

 

Clause  20,  page  20,  line  20,  leave out subsection (5)

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to on division.

 



 
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