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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 21 October 2015

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 1-25 and NCs 1 and 2

 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage)


 

Welfare Reform and Work Bill, As Amended


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in the

 

order in which they relate to the Bill.

 


 

New Clauses

 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

NC1

 

Parliamentary Star    

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Regulations 2015 are repealed.”

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 21 October 2015                  

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

NC2

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Assessment of tax credit and benefit reforms on working families

 

The measures in this Bill shall not take effect until the Secretary of State has laid

 

before both Houses of Parliament an assessment of the cumulative impact and an

 

equalities impact of tax credit and benefit reforms announced in Summer Budget

 

2015 on working families.”

 


 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

17

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  after subsection (1) insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Secretary of State must lay a report before Parliament annually on the

 

progress which has been made towards reducing underemployment, and the

 

report must set out how the Secretary of State has interpreted “underemployment”

 

for these purposes.”

 


 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

18

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

“(e)    

children living in low-income households.

 

(f)    

children living in material deprivation.”

 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

19

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  5,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(g)    

low income.

 

(h)    

material deprivation.”

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 21 October 2015                  

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  5,  page  6,  line  1,  leave out from “describe” to end of line 5.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the duty on the Social Mobility Commission to describe in its annual

 

report the measures taken by Scottish Ministers in accordance with Scottish strategies and by

 

Welsh Ministers in accordance with Welsh strategies.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  5,  page  6,  line  18,  leave out “the United Kingdom” and insert “England or

 

Northern Ireland”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment amends the power of UK Ministers to direct the Social Mobility Commission to

 

carry out activities relating to improving social mobility in the UK so that it no longer applies in

 

relation to Scotland and Wales.

 


 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  6,  line  23,  leave out “10” and insert “11”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment repeals section 11 of the Child Poverty Act 2010 which, as currently amended by

 

the Bill, imposes a duty on Scottish Ministers to produce triennial strategies on reducing socio-

 

economic disadvantage and annual progress reports.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  6,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(^)    

In the italic heading before section 11, omit “Scottish Ministers and”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment amends the italic heading currently before section 11 of the Child Poverty Act

 

2010 to reflect the fact that sections 12 and 13 will only include provisions relating to Northern

 

Ireland strategies in consequence of amendments 4 and 7 to 12.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  6,  line  25,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 4 and removes the amendments that were

 

originally included in clause 6 to the duty on Scottish Ministers to produce triennial strategies and

 

annual progress reports.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

7

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  7,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(^)    

In section 13 (consultation: Scotland and Northern Ireland)—

 

(a)    

in subsection (3), omit “a Scottish strategy or”;

 

(b)    

in subsection (3), for “devolved administration”, wherever occurring,

 

substitute “relevant Northern Ireland department”;

 

(c)    

omit subsection (3)(a);


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 21 October 2015                  

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(d)    

omit subsection (4);

 

(e)    

in the section heading, omit “Scotland and”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 4 and amends section 13 of the Child Poverty Act

 

2010 so that the consultation requirements only apply in relation to the preparation of Northern

 

Ireland strategies and not Scottish strategies, which will no longer be required.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  7,  line  30,  after “circumstances)” insert “(a)”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is a technical amendment consequential on amendment 9 which adds new paragraph (b) to

 

clause 6(4).

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  7,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(b)    

for subsection (3) substitute—

 

“(3)    

In preparing a Northern Ireland strategy, the relevant Northern

 

Ireland department must have regard to—

 

(a)    

the resources that are or may be available to the Northern

 

Ireland departments, and

 

(b)    

the effect of the implementation of the strategy on those

 

resources.”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 4 and amends section 16 of the Child Poverty Act

 

2010 so that the requirement to have regard to economic and financial circumstances applies only

 

in relation to the preparation of Northern Ireland strategies and not Scottish strategies, which will

 

no longer be required.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

10

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  7,  line  37,  leave out “Part 9 of the Social Security Contributions and

 

Benefits Act 1992 or”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 4 and amends the definition of “child” to reflect

 

the fact that it will only be relevant to the requirement of the relevant Northern Ireland department

 

to consult on its strategies.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

11

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  8,  line  1,  leave out “in relation to Northern Ireland”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 4 and amends the definition of “parental

 

responsibility” to reflect the fact that this term will only be relevant to the requirement of the

 

relevant Northern Ireland department to consult on its strategies.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

12

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  8,  line  3,  leave out from “1995” to end of line 6.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 4 and amends the definition of “parental

 

responsibility” to remove the definition in relation to Scotland. This reflects the fact that this term


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 21 October 2015                  

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

will only be relevant to the requirement of the relevant Northern Ireland department to consult on

 

its strategies.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  8,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

“(^)    

For the heading to Part 1 substitute “Strategies: Northern Ireland”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment substitutes the heading for Part 1 of the Child Poverty Act 2010 to reflect the fact

 

that this Part now only includes provisions relating to Northern Ireland strategies.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

14

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  8,  leave out lines 19 to 22.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the definitions of “Scottish strategy” and “Welsh strategy” as these

 

terms are no longer used in the Child Poverty Act 2010 due to amendments 2 and 4.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

15

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  8,  line  31,  after “(extent)” insert—

 

“(a)    

omit subsection (2);

 

(b)    

in subsection (3), for “Section 12” substitute “Part 1”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment amends section 30 of the Child Poverty Act 2010, which sets out the extent of the

 

provisions of the Child Poverty Act 2010, to reflect the changes made by amendments 2 to 13.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

16

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  8,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(^)    

In Schedule 1 (Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission), in paragraph

 

1(1) (membership), omit paragraphs (b) and (c).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the role of Scottish and Welsh Ministers in each appointing a member of

 

the reformed Social Mobility Commission.

 


 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

20

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  14,  line  39,  leave out clause 14

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 21 October 2015                  

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

21

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  15,  line  1,  leave our clause 15

 


 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

22

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.

 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

23

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 21 October 2015                  

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

24

 

Parliamentary Star    

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.

 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

25

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential to amendment 22.

 


 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

1

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  30,  line  17,  leave out “in which the tenancy begins” and insert

 

“falling after the beginning of the tenancy”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes clear that, where a tenancy begins after part of a relevant year has elapsed,

 

the part of the year in question is the part after the tenancy begins.

 

 

Order of the House [20 july 2015]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 20 October.

 

3.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.

 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

4.    

Proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the


 
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