House of Commons - Amendments
Welfare Reform Bill, As Amended - continued          House of Commons

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Mr Terry Rooney
Jim Cousins
John McDonnell


Page 30, line 11 [Clause 36], at end insert—

      ‘(2A) Regulations made under subsection (2) above shall provide for—

        (a) a requirement for the authority administering the benefit to establish arrangements to provide free money management advice for any person who seeks such advice and is entitled to housing benefit and receiving direct payments of that benefit,

        (b) a requirement for the authority to take steps pro-actively to identify claimants who are unlikely to have sufficient money management skills for accepting direct payment of housing benefit; and to make arrangements for the payments of benefit to be made direct to the landlord in such circumstances,

        (c) the authority shall take steps necessary to determine the claimant is not a person at risk,

        (d) for the purposes of paragraph (c) a claimant will be a “person at risk” if they—

          (i) have learning disabilities,

          (ii) suffer a medical condition that seriously impairs their ability to manage on a day to day basis,

          (iii) are illiterate or unable to speak English,

          (iv) have an addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling,

          (v) are fleeing domestic violence,

          (vi) are a care leaver, or

          (vii) are someone who has recently left prison.’.


       That the following provisions shall apply to the Welfare Reform Bill:


        1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

        2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 30th November 2006.

        3. The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

        4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously conclude) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

        5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

        6. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

        7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

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