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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 20 October 2015

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Welfare Reform and Work Bill


 

[Eleventh and Twelfth Sittings]


 

Emily Thornberry

 

Dawn Butler

 

Wes Streeting

 

Stephen Pound

 

Mr Steve Reed

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

Not moved  NC5

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Entitlement to housing benefit

 

(1)    

Section 130A of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

 

(Appropriate maximum housing benefit), is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

Entitlement to housing benefit shall not be restricted in respect of a

 

maximum number of children or qualifying young persons for whom a

 

claimant is responsible.””

 



 
 

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Emily Thornberry

 

Dawn Butler

 

Wes Streeting

 

Stephen Pound

 

Mr Steve Reed

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

Not moved  NC6

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Entitlement to housing costs under Universal Credit

 

(1)    

Section 11 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Housing costs), is amended as

 

follows.

 

(2)    

After subsection (5) insert—

 

“(6)    

Entitlement to an amount under this section shall not be restricted in

 

respect of a maximum number of children or qualifying young persons

 

for whom a claimant is responsible.””

 


 

Stephen Timms

 

Kate Green

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Owen Smith

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Withdrawn  NC8

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Review of childcare tax credit amounts

 

The Secretary of State must at least once a year review the level of the Childcare

 

element of the Working Tax Credit entitlement sums to determine whether it is

 

appropriate to increase or decrease any one or more of those sums.”

 


 

Jess Phillips

 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

Negatived on division  NC10

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Changes to age of eligible claimants of housing benefit

 

(1)    

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 is amended as follows.


 
 

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(2)    

After section 130(1) insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Secretary of State shall not make provision about eligibility for

 

housing benefit in respect of the age of a claimant except by primary

 

legislation.”.”

 


 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Not moved  NC11

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Definition of job quality

 

(1)    

Within six months of section 1 of this Act coming into force, the Secretary of

 

State must, by regulation, provide a definition of job quality.

 

(2)    

Before issuing regulations under this section the Secretary of State must carry out

 

a public consultation.”

 


 

Hannah Bardell

 

Corri Wilson

 

Not moved  NC12

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Entitlement to housing costs element of universal credit for 18-21 year olds

 

(1)    

Entitlement to the housing cost element of Universal Credit shall not be restricted

 

for those 18 to 21 year olds who fall into the following categories—

 

(a)    

those who have previously been in work;

 

(b)    

a person who lives independently;

 

(c)    

those with a disability or mental health problem receiving Employment

 

Support Allowance or Income Support;

 

(d)    

those with dependent children;

 

(e)    

pregnant women;

 

(f)    

those who are owed a rehousing duty under—

 

(i)    

section 193 of the Housing Act 1996;

 

(ii)    

section 9 of the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003;

 

(iii)    

section 73 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014;

 

(g)    

those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness who are being assisted

 

by local authority housing teams;

 

(h)    

those who are living in statutory or voluntary sector homelessness

 

accommodation;

 

(i)    

those who have formerly been homeless and have been supported by

 

voluntary or statutory agencies into accommodation;

 

(j)    

those who have formerly been homeless between the ages of 16 and 21;

 

(k)    

a person without family or whom social services have found that a home

 

environment is not suitable for them to live in;


 
 

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(l)    

care leavers; and

 

(m)    

those leaving custody.

 

(2)    

Within three months of section [Entitlement to housing costs element of universal

 

credit for 18-21 year olds] of this Act coming into force, the Secretary of State

 

must, by regulation, provide definitions of—

 

(a)    

“a person who lives independently”;

 

(b)    

“risk of homelessness”; and

 

(c)    

“a person without family”.”

 


 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Negatived on division  NC15

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Repeal of Tax Credits Regulations 2015

 

(1)    

The Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment)

 

Regulations 2015 are repealed.”

 


 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

Negatived on division  NC16

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Exemptions to changes in child tax credit and child element of universal

 

credit

 

(1)    

The limit on the number of children for which child tax credit or the child element

 

of universal credit can be claimed, as provided for clauses 11 and 12 of this Act,

 

do not apply in the following circumstances—

 

(a)    

where the number of children exceeds two because the third (or

 

subsequent) child was part of a multiple birth at the same time as the

 

second qualifying child;

 

(b)    

where a third (or subsequent) child becomes a member of a household as

 

a result of being fostered or adopted into that household, or enters the

 

household as the result of a kinship care arrangement;

 

(c)    

in exceptional circumstances as defined by the Social Security Advisory

 

Committee, including but not limited to—

 

(i)    

the claimant becoming unemployed;

 

(ii)    

the death of one of the parents in the claimant household; and

 

(iii)    

one of the parents in the claimant household leaving the

 

household following a breakdown in relationship.

 

(2)    

No limit shall apply to a household where any child or qualifying young person

 

is disabled.


 
 

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(3)    

No limit shall apply to couples with dependent children who if living in separate

 

households would not be affected by the limit.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State shall, by regulation, establish an appeals process by which

 

an individual can appeal a decision as to whether an exemption set out in this

 

clause applies in their individual situation.”

 


 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Owen Smith

 

Negatived on division  NC17

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Review of application of sanctions

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must before the financial year ending 31 March 2016

 

provide for a full and independent review of the sanctions regimes attached to

 

working-age benefits, including but not limited to Jobseekers Allowance,

 

Employment Support Allowance and Income Support, to determine whether they

 

are effective and proportionate for meeting the Government’s objectives.

 

(2)    

The terms of reference for the review must include consideration of—

 

(a)    

the application of sanctions to lone parents with dependent children;

 

(b)    

the application of sanctions to claimants who are disabled;

 

(c)    

the effectiveness of sanctions in moving claimants into sustained work;

 

and

 

(d)    

any other matters which the Secretary of State considers relevant.”

 


 

Neil Coyle

 

Not moved  NC18

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Review of Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment

 

(1)    

Part 4 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Personal Independence Payment) is

 

amended as follows.

 

(2)    

Insert new section after section 79—

 

“79A  

Review of Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence

 

Payment

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall in each tax year review the standard rate and

 

enhanced rate of the daily living (section 78) and mobility component

 

(section 79) of the personal independence payment.

 

(2)    

In carrying out a review under subsection (1) the Secretary of State shall

 

consider the effect on the rates if they were increased by—

 

(a)    

the percentage increase in the general level of earnings at the end

 

of the period;


 
 

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(b)    

the percentage increase in the general level of prices for goods

 

and services, as measured by the Consumer Price Index or by any

 

measurement formally replacing the Consumer Price Index; and

 

(c)    

2.5 per cent.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State shall within three months of this review

 

concluding lay before Parliament a draft order which increases the value

 

of the amount referred to in subsection (1) by the greatest of the three

 

amounts calculated under paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsections (2).””

 


 

New Schedule

 

Priti Patel

 

Agreed to  NS1

 

To move the following Schedule—

 

“Further provision about social housing rents

 

Part 1

 

Provision about levels of rents

 

Tenancy of existing social housing

 

1    (1)  

This paragraph applies in relation to a tenant of social housing in England if—

 

(a)    

the tenancy begins after the beginning of 8 July 2015,

 

(b)    

the accommodation was social housing during the period starting with

 

the beginning of 8 July 2015 and ending with the beginning of the

 

tenancy.

 

      (2)  

This paragraph does not apply if paragraph 3 applies.

 

      (3)  

The registered provider must secure that the maximum amount of rent payable

 

to the registered provider by the tenant in respect of—

 

(a)    

the first relevant year, where the tenancy begins before or at the

 

beginning of the first relevant year,

 

(b)    

the part of the relevant year in which the tenancy begins, where the

 

tenancy begins after the beginning of the first relevant year and not at

 

the beginning of a later relevant year,

 

(c)    

the following relevant year, where the tenancy begins as described in

 

paragraph (b), or

 

(d)    

the relevant year, other than the first relevant year, at the beginning of

 

which the tenancy begins,

 

            

is no more than would be payable if the tenant were paying rent at the higher

 

of the social rent rate and the assumed rent rate in respect of that relevant year

 

or that part of a relevant year.

 

      (4)  

The social rent rate, in relation to the rent payable by a tenant of social housing

 

in respect of the first or a subsequent relevant year, is the rate found by—

 

(a)    

determining what would have been the rate of formula rent for that

 

social housing at the beginning of 8 July 2015,

 

(b)    

determining the rate of that rent when expressed by reference to a

 

period of 12 months (if necessary), and


 
 

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(c)    

at the beginning of each relevant year (up to and including the relevant

 

year in question), making a 1% reduction in the rate.

 

      (5)  

The assumed rent rate, in relation to the rent payable by a tenant of social

 

housing in respect of the first or a subsequent relevant year, is the rate found

 

by—

 

(a)    

determining the rate of the rent that—

 

(i)    

was payable to the registered provider by the tenant of that

 

social housing at the beginning of the relevant day, in a case

 

where the relevant day falls after 8 July 2015 and the tenancy

 

that exists at the beginning of 8 July 2015 does not come to an

 

end before the beginning of that later day,

 

(ii)    

was payable to the registered provider by the tenant of that

 

social housing at the beginning of 8 July 2015, in a case where

 

the relevant day is 8 July 2015 or the tenancy comes to an end

 

before the beginning of a later relevant day, or

 

(iii)    

is likely to have been payable to the registered provider by a

 

tenant of that social housing at the beginning of 8 July 2015,

 

if there was not a tenant at that time,

 

(b)    

determining the rate of that rent when expressed by reference to a

 

period of 12 months (if necessary), and

 

(c)    

at the beginning of each relevant year (up to and including the relevant

 

year in question), making a 1% reduction in the rate.

 

      (6)  

If—

 

(a)    

the tenancy comes to an end after part of a relevant year to which sub-

 

paragraph (3) applies has elapsed, or

 

(b)    

sub-paragraph (3)(a), (b), (c) or (d) ceases to apply in relation to the

 

tenancy after part of the relevant year in question has elapsed,

 

            

sub-paragraph (3) 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.

 

      (7)  

The Secretary of State may by regulations define “formula rate”.

 

      (8)  

Regulations under sub-paragraph (7) may, in particular, make provision by

 

reference to—

 

(a)    

standards issued by the regulator under section 194(2A) or 198(3) of

 

the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (the powers of the regulator

 

to set and revise standards relating to levels of rent) providing for the

 

determination of social rents, or

 

(b)    

guidance issued by the Secretary of State relating to the determination

 

of social rents.

 

Tenancy of new social housing

 

2    (1)  

This paragraph applies in relation to a tenant of social housing in England if—

 

(a)    

the tenancy begins after the beginning of 8 July 2015, and

 

(b)    

paragraph 1(1)(b) is not satisfied as regards the accommodation.

 

      (2)  

This paragraph does not apply if paragraph 3 applies.

 

      (3)  

If the tenancy begins before or at the beginning of the first relevant year, the

 

registered provider must secure that the maximum amount of rent payable to

 

the registered provider by the tenant in respect of the first relevant year is the

 

amount that would be payable by the tenant if the social rent rate applied

 

during that relevant year.

 

      (4)  

If the tenancy begins after the beginning of the first relevant year, the

 

registered provider must secure that—


 
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