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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 27 October 2015

 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage)

 

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end.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

 

accordance with the Welfare Reform and Work Bill Programme (No. 2) Motion to

 

be proposed by Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 


 

New Clause 1; New Clause 8; amendments to Clauses 9 to 12

 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Seema Malhotra

 

John McDonnell

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC1

 

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Regulations 2015 are repealed.”

 



 
 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage): 27 October 2015      

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Neil Gray

 

Ian Blackford

 

Corri Wilson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Chris Stephens

 

Dr Philippa Whitford

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Tax credit reforms

 

The measures in this Bill and (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates)

 

(Amendment) Regulations 2015 relating to the award of tax credits and the

 

relevant entitlement within Universal Credit shall not take effect until the

 

Secretary of State has implemented a scheme for full transitional protection for a

 

minimum of three years for all families and individuals currently receiving tax

 

credits before 5 April 2016, such transitional protection to be renewable after

 

three years with parliamentary approval.”

 

 


 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Neil Gray

 

Ian Blackford

 

Corri Wilson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Chris Stephens

 

Dr Philippa Whitford

 

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Clause  9,  page  12,  line  2,  leave out from “relevant sums” to end of subsection and

 

insert “is to increase in line with the consumer price index.”

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Neil Gray

 

Ian Blackford

 

Corri Wilson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Chris Stephens

 

Dr Philippa Whitford

 

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Clause  9,  page  12,  line  6,  leave out from “child benefit” to end of subsection and

 

insert “are to increase in line with the consumer price index.”


 
 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage): 27 October 2015      

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Neil Gray

 

Ian Blackford

 

Corri Wilson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Chris Stephens

 

Dr Philippa Whitford

 

Caroline Lucas

 

51

 

Clause  9,  page  12,  line  8,  leave out subsections (3) and (4)

 


 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Neil Gray

 

Ian Blackford

 

Corri Wilson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Chris Stephens

 

Dr Philippa Whitford

 

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Clause  10,  page  12,  line  36,  leave out from “relevant amounts” to end of subsection

 

and insert “is to increase in line with the consumer price index.”

 


 

Remaining New Clauses and New Schedules; amendments to the Remaining

 

Clauses of the Bill; amendments to the Schedules to the Bill and

 

remaining proceedings on Consideration

 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Seema Malhotra

 

John McDonnell

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC2

 

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.”

 



 
 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage): 27 October 2015      

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Paul Blomfield

 

Neil Coyle

 

Graham Stuart

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Personal independence payment: timing of payment

 

“(1)    

Schedule 10 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In paragraph 1(1), at start insert “Subject to paragraph ( ),”

 

(3)    

At end of paragraph 1(1), insert the following new paragraph—

 

“( )    

Where a person in receipt of disability living allowance meets the

 

requirements of section 82 of the 2012 Act his or her entitlement to

 

disability living allowance shall terminate immediately and entitlement

 

to personal independence payment shall commence on the same day.”’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This New Clause aims to enable claimants of DLA who are transferred to PIP due to terminal

 

illness to receive their first PIP payment immediately after being transferred. Currently claimants

 

must wait four weeks from their final DLA payment to be made and then another four weeks to

 

receive their first PIP payment.

 


 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC4

 

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To provide for a full, independent review of the operation of the sanctions regimes attached to out


 
 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage): 27 October 2015      

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

of-work benefits, to determine the effectiveness of sanctions in moving claimants into sustained

 

work as well as any adverse impacts on particular groups.

 


 

Owen Smith

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on impact of benefit cap reductions

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must publish and lay before Parliament before the end of

 

the financial year ending with 31 March 2017 a report on the impact of the benefit

 

cap reductions introduced by this Bill.

 

(2)    

The report must include an assessment of the impact on each of the measures of

 

child poverty defined in the Child Poverty Act 2010.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause requires the Secretary of State to review impact of lower benefit cap after

 

12  months.

 


 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Neil Gray

 

Ian Blackford

 

Corri Wilson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Chris Stephens

 

Dr Philippa Whitford

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Job quality

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must, in a report issued under section 1 of this Bill

 

information about—

 

(a)    

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

 

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 gender, race, disability and age.

 

(2)    

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.

 

(3)    

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

 

a public consultation.”

 



 
 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage): 27 October 2015      

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Neil Gray

 

Ian Blackford

 

Corri Wilson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Chris Stephens

 

Dr Philippa Whitford

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Changes to the benefit cap

 

Changes to the Benefit Cap shall not be made until the Secretary of State has

 

carried out an assessment of the impact on its effect on poverty and laid a report

 

before the House of Commons, The Scottish Parliament, The Northern Ireland

 

Assembly and the National Assembly for Wales.”

 


 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Neil Gray

 

Ian Blackford

 

Corri Wilson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Chris Stephens

 

Dr Philippa Whitford

 

NC9

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Universal credit and carers

 

Claimants in receipt of universal credit who are responsible carers for children are

 

not subject to work focused interviews or work preparation requirements until

 

their youngest child starts school.”

 


 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Neil Gray

 

Ian Blackford

 

Corri Wilson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Chris Stephens

 

Dr Philippa Whitford

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC10

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Changes to age of eligible claimants of housing benefit

 

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


 
 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage): 27 October 2015      

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill, continued

 
 

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.”.”

 


 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Neil Gray

 

Ian Blackford

 

Corri Wilson

 

Natalie McGarry

 

Mhairi Black

 

Chris Stephens

 

Dr Philippa Whitford

 

NC11

 

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; care leavers and

 

(l)    

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 person who lives independently”;

 

“risk of homelessness” and

 

“a person without family”.”

 



 
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