Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE

Clause 1

LORD MCKENZIE OF LUTON

BARONESS SHERLOCK

 

Page 1, line 4, leave out “by 1%”

 

Page 1, line 5, at end insert—

“(1A) In the case of employment and support allowance receivable by claimants of the support component of the allowance (who receive both personal allowance and support components) the mandatory 1% uprating stipulated in subsection (1) shall not apply to any components of the employment and support allowance (including personal allowance and support components) receivable by them.”

After Clause 1

BARONESS HOLLIS OF HEIGHAM

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Review of housing welfare benefits

(1) The Secretary of State must undertake a review of the current relationship between the amounts of housing welfare benefits in each local authority area and market rents in the same area during the relevant period.

(2) The relevant period in subsection (1) shall be each period of twelve months starting on 1 April 2013 and ending on 31 March 2016.

(3) A review under subsection (1) shall include an analysis of the effect of the levels of housing welfare benefits on the amount of private sector housing which is currently affordable by those in receipt of or entitled to such benefits.

(4) The Secretary of State shall cause to be published at twelve monthly intervals starting on 31 March 2014 a report of the evidence and conclusions of each review undertaken under subsection (1).

(5) The Secretary of State shall publish a response to each report under subsection (4) within three months of its due date, and shall take steps to amend the method used to uprate housing welfare benefits if there is shown to be a significant divergence between rent levels in the private rented sector and housing welfare benefits.

(6) In this section “housing welfare benefits” means housing benefit in the form of the local housing allowance or (as the case may be) the housing component of universal credit and “significant divergence” within the meaning of subsection (5) is to be defined in regulations.”

Schedule

LORD MCKENZIE OF LUTON

BARONESS SHERLOCK

 

Page 4, line 10, at end insert “with the exception of statutory maternity pay.”

Clause 2

LORD MCKENZIE OF LUTON

BARONESS SHERLOCK

 

Page 2, line 19, leave out “by 1%”

After Clause 3

LORD MCKENZIE OF LUTON

BARONESS SHERLOCK

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Assessment of impact on child poverty

The Secretary of State shall, in making the orders referred to in sections 1(1) and 2(1), publish and lay before Parliament a report assessing the impact of the order on the number of children living in—

(a) relative low income;

(b) combined low income and material deprivation;

(c) absolute low income;

(d) persistent poverty;

as defined in the Child Poverty Act 2010.”

Prepared 15th February 2013