Welfare Reform Bill

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN GRAND COMMITTEE

Clause 11

LORD KIRKWOOD OF KIRKHOPE

 

Page 5, line 29, at end insert—

“( ) In relation to a dwelling of which the landlord is a local housing authority or a registered provider of social housing, regulations under this section shall not permit the housing cost element of the Universal Credit to be less than the actual amount of the liability in a case where a household has no more than one spare bedroom.”

After Clause 12

LORD KIRKWOOD OF KIRKHOPE

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Childcare costs in the Universal Credit

(1) The amount in respect of other particular needs or circumstance, under section 12, shall include a childcare element for claimants who are in work, except in prescribed circumstances.

(2) The maximum award of the childcare element shall be a prescribed proportion of childcare costs (not less than 80%, or 90% where the element contributes to care for a disabled child), up to a prescribed maximum value (not less than £175 per week for one child and £300 for two or more children).

(3) “Children charges” are charges of a prescribed description incurred in respect of childcare by the claimant or claimants by whom a universal claim is made.

(4) “Childcare”, in relation to a person or persons, means care provided—

(a) for any child up to the last day in the week in which 1 September falls following the child’s 15th birthday or their 16th birthday if they are disabled, for whom the person is responsible, or for whom either or both of the persons is or are responsible; and

(b) by a person of a prescribed description.

(5) For the purposes of this section, regulations are to provide for a definition of “work”.”

Clause 68

LORD KIRKWOOD OF KIRKHOPE

 

Page 52, line 36, at end insert—

“(4) After subsection (7) insert—

“( ) In relation to a dwelling of which the landlord is a local housing authority or a registered provider of social housing, regulations under this section shall not permit the AMHB to be less than the actual amount of the liability in a case where a household has no more than one spare bedroom.””

Prepared 28th September 2011