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Welfare Reform Bill

 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for Work and Pensions, are

published separately as 208—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Mr Secretary Hutton has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the

Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill are compatible with the

Convention rights.

 

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Contents

Part 1

Employment and support allowance

Entitlement

1   

Employment and support allowance

2   

Amount of contributory allowance

3   

Deductions from contributory allowance: supplementary

4   

Amount of income-related allowance

5   

Advance award of income-related allowance

6   

Amount payable where claimant entitled to both forms of allowance

7   

Exclusion of payments below prescribed minimum

Assessments relating to entitlement

8   

Limited capability for work

9   

Limited capability for work-related activity

Conditionality

10   

Work-focused health-related assessments

11   

Work-focused interviews

12   

Work-related activity

13   

Action plans in connection with work-focused interviews

14   

Directions about work-related activity

15   

Contracting out

Miscellaneous

16   

Income and capital: general

17   

Disqualification

18   

Pilot schemes

19   

Relationship with statutory payments

20   

Supplementary provisions

 

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General

21   

Interpretation of Part 1

22   

Regulations

23   

Parliamentary control

24   

Financial provisions relating to Part 1

25   

Consequential amendments relating to Part 1

26   

Transition relating to Part 1

Part 2

Housing benefit and council tax benefit

27   

Local housing allowance

28   

Loss of housing benefit following eviction for anti-social behaviour, etc.

29   

Housing benefit and council tax benefit for persons taking up employment

30   

Section 29: supplemental

31   

Sections 29 and 30: interpretation

32   

Information relating to housing benefit

33   

Supply of information by rent officers

34   

Payment of housing benefit

35   

Duty to send inspection reports to the Secretary of State

36   

Directions by Secretary of State

37   

Minor and consequential amendments relating to Part 2

Part 3

Social security administration: general

Sharing of social security information

38   

Social security information

39   

Information relating to certain benefits

40   

Unlawful disclosure of certain information

Overpayment recovery

41   

Recovery of overpaid benefit: Great Britain

42   

Recovery of overpaid child benefit and guardian’s allowance: Northern

Ireland

Benefit fraud

43   

Local authority powers to investigate benefit fraud

44   

Local authority powers to prosecute benefit fraud

45   

Local authority functions relating to benefit: information

46   

Loss of benefit for commission of benefit offences

Part 4

Miscellaneous

Benefits for widows and widowers

47   

Widowed mother’s allowance

 
 

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48   

Widowed parent’s allowance

Disability living allowance: age conditions

49   

Care component of disability living allowance: persons under the age of 16

50   

Mobility component of disability living allowance: persons under the age of

16

Social fund

51   

Matters to which regard must be had in awarding budgeting loans

52   

Allocations from Social Fund

Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979

53   

Overseas vaccinations

54   

Appeals to appeal tribunal in Northern Ireland

Compensation for pneumoconiosis etc.

55   

“Relevant employer”

56   

“Dependant”

Other

57   

Power to stop payment of allowances to care home residents

58   

Independent Living Funds

59   

Minor and consequential amendments relating to Part 4

Part 5

General

60   

Northern Ireland

61   

General interpretation

62   

Financial provisions: general

63   

Repeals

64   

Transition

65   

Extent

66   

Commencement

67   

Short title

Schedule 1   —   

Employment and support allowance: additional conditions

Part 1   —   

Contributory allowance

Part 2   —   

Income-related allowance

Schedule 2   —   

Employment and support allowance: supplementary

provisions

Schedule 3   —   

Consequential amendments relating to Part 1

Schedule 4   —   

Transition relating to Part 1

Schedule 5   —   

Minor and consequential amendments relating to Part 2

 
 

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Schedule 6   —   

Schedule to be inserted in the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’

Compensation) Act 1979

Schedule 7   —   

Minor and consequential amendments relating to Part 4

Schedule 8   —   

Repeals

 
 

 
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