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Monday 13th March 2000


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CONSIDERATION OF BILL

CHILD SUPPORT, PENSIONS AND SOCIAL SECURITY BILL, AS AMENDED


NEW CLAUSES

Child support maintenance: maximum sum

   

Mr David Willets
Mr Eric Pickles
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Julie Kirkbride

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    'After section 11 of the 1991 Act there shall be inserted—

    "11A. Where the amount of child support maintenance calculated pursuant to Schedule 1 exceeds such sum as may be prescribed ('the maximum sum'), the maximum sum shall be payable by the non-resident parent.".'.


Financial provision by parent with care

   

Mr David Willets
Mr Eric Pickles
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Julie Kirkbride

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    'After section 11 of the 1991 Act there shall be inserted—

    "11B. (1) Following the calculation pursuant to Schedule 1 and section 11A of the amount payable by the non-resident parent the Secretary of State shall determine the net weekly income of the parent with care in like manner to the determination of the net weekly income of the non-resident parent.

    (2) Where the net weekly income of the parent with care exceeds the net weekly income of the non-resident parent the Secretary of State shall in such manner as may be prescribed reduce the amount of child support maintenance payable by the non-resident parent.

    (3) Where the non-resident parent is liable to pay child support maintenance to more than one person the provisions of (1) shall apply to each parent with care and the reductions in the amount payable provided for by (2) shall apply to the amounts payable to each of those parents with care in receipt of a net weekly income greater than that of the non-resident parent.".'.


Orders by magistrates' courts

   

Mr David Willets
Mr Eric Pickles
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Julie Kirkbride

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    'After section 39A of the 1991 Act there shall be inserted—

    ".—(1) In either of the circumstances mentioned in section 39A(1) the magistrates' court may of its own motion order such of the measures mentioned in (2) as it thinks fit.

    (2) The measures mentioned in (1) are:

      (a) an order that any welfare benefits that the liable person is in receipt of at the time that the application be reduced by such amount as the Court thinks fit;

      (b) a warrant of execution in respect of any goods owned by the liable person;

      (c) a home detention curfew of like effect to an order as could be made under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 or;

      (d) a community service order.

    (3) When making an application under section 39A the Secretary of State shall provide to the magistrates' court a statement setting out which welfare benefits the liable person is in receipt of and the amounts thereof.".'.


Priority collection and enforcement of child support maintenance

   

Mr David Willets
Mr Eric Pickles
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Julie Kirkbride

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    'In the Child Support Act 1991 there shall be inserted after section 43 the following section—

    "43A. In exercising his powers under sections 29 to 43 of this Act the Secretary of State shall ensure that such powers are exercised with a view to securing the collection and enforcement of child support maintenance from those non-resident parents who have failed to pay any amount of child support maintenance and that this duty is accorded priority over the collection and enforcement of child support maintenance from those non-resident parents who have made some payments of child support maintenance.".'.


Deduction of earnings orders

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Eric Pickles
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Julie Kirkbride

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—There shall be substituted for section 31(3) of the Child Support Act 1991 the following—

    "(3) A deduction of earnings order shall be made so as to secure the payment both of arrears of child support maintenance payable under the maintenance calculation and amount of child support maintenance which will become due.".'.


Statement on Class 1A contributions

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Eric Pickles
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Julie Kirkbride

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) The provisions of Part IV of this Act shall not come into force until such time as the Secretary of State shall have published in the London Gazette a statement containing estimates prepared by his department or the Treasury of the matters set out in (2).

    (2) The matters set out in (1) above are—

      (a) The total amount by which measures introduced since 1st May 1997 (whether taxation measures or otherwise) have increased the amount payable by persons who are liable to pay Class 1A contributions in respect of—

          (i) amounts payable to central government (whether by reason of taxation or otherwise)

          (ii) amounts payable in respect of national insurance

          (iii) amounts required to be spent on internal administration in order to comply with measures introduced since 1st May 1997

      (b) The total amount by which the measures in Part IV of this Act would, if brought into force, increase the amounts payable by persons who are liable to pay Class 1A contributions in respect of—

          (i) the additional Class 1A contributions; and

          (ii) amounts required to be spent on internal administration in order to comply with the measures introduced in Part IV of this Act.'.


Widows'/widowers' SERPS entitlements

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Andrew George

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    'In section 52 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act, subsections (1) and (2) shall be left out, and there shall be inserted—

    "(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make such provision as is authorised by subsection (2) and one or more of subsections (3) to (4),

    (2) The regulations may provide for any prescribed provision of Part II of the Contributions and Benefits Act (contributory benefits) which relates to additional pension for widows or widowers to have effect, in relation to persons of any prescribed description (which shall include at least all those who had reached pensionable age on or before 5th April 2000), with such modifications as may be prescribed for securing—

      (a) that any such additional pension, or

      (b) in the case of any provision of Schedule 5 to that Act (increase of pension where entitlement is deferred), that any constitutuent element of an increase provided for by that Schedule,

    is increased by such percentage as may be prescribed (which may be 100 per cent, and which shall be 100 per cent for any person who had reached pensionable age on or before 5th April 2000).".'.


Age additions

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Andrew George

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    'For section 79 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act there shall be substituted—

    "79.—(1) A person who is above the specified age and who is entitled to a retirement pension of any category shall be entitled to an increase of the pension, to be known as 'age addition'.

    (2) Where a person is in receipt of a pension or allowance payable by the Secretary of State by virtue of any enactment or instrument (whether passed or made before or after this Act) and—

      (a) he is above the specified age; and

      (b) he fulfils such other conditions as may be prescribed,

    he shall be entitled to an increase of that pension or allowance, also known as age addition.

    (3) In this section 'specified age' means an age specified by the Secretary of State in regulations.

    (4) Age addition shall be payable for the life of the person entitled, at weekly rates to be determined by the Secretary of State in regulations.

    (5) Regulations under this section may—

      (a) specify one or more specified ages at which age addition shall be payable;

      (b) provide for different rates of age addition to be payable for persons of different specified ages.".'.


Extension of invalid care allowance for bereaved carers

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Andrew George

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—In section 70 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992, there shall be inserted following subsection—

    "(10) The Secretary of State shall issue regulations in respect of persons who cease to be in recept of invalid care allowance as a result of the death of the person in respect of whose care the allowance has been claimed. These regulations shall set the condition for the award to be satisfied for a period of eight weeks from the date on which that person ceased to be in receipt of invalid care allowance.".'.


Rate of introduction of state second pension

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Andrew George

NC10

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) In this section—

      a "SERPS year" is any financial year from 1978-79 to the year before the first appointed year; and

      a "State Second Pension year" is any financial year from the first appointed year onwards.

    (2) This section shall apply to any person reaching pensionable age after the end of the first appointed year.

    (3) In each State Second Pension year in which a person accrues state second pension entitlement, that person may elect to accrue an additional year's entitlement in respect of that year in substitution for their additional pension entitlement in respect of one SERPS year.

    (4) Such substitution may only take place in respect of SERPS years in which that person either paid National Insurance Contributions or was entitled to credits in lieu of National Insurance Contributions.

    (5) The Benefits Agency shall be required to notify any person to whom this section applies of their rights, and shall explain how those rights may be exercised to produce the maximum total entitlement to additional pension.'.

 
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