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Report Stage Proceedings: 9th January 2007              

53

 

Welfare Reform Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  16

 

Page  48,  line  22  [Clause  67],  after ‘18’ insert ‘, 22(1) to (1B), (4) and (5)’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  17

 

Page  51,  line  43  [Schedule  1],  leave out ‘(g)’ and insert ‘(f)’.

 


 

John Robertson

 

John McDonnell

 

Not called  98

 

Page  54,  line  12  [Schedule  2],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

for a person to be treated as having a limited capability for work where

 

it has been decided that he does not have a limited capability for work

 

but he is appealing against that decision.’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  18

 

Page  55,  line  37  [Schedule  2],  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

for the question of whether a person has limited capability for work-

 

related activity to be determined notwithstanding that he is for the time

 

being treated by virtue of regulations under sub-paragraph (a) as

 

having limited capability for work-related activity;’.

 

John Robertson

 

John McDonnell

 

Not moved  99

 

Page  55,  line  39  [Schedule  2],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

for a person to be treated as having a limited capability for work-

 

related activity where it has been decided that he does not have a

 

limited capability for work-related activity but he is appealing against

 

that decision.’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  19

 

Page  66,  line  42  [Schedule  3],  leave out ‘income-related’.

 



 
 

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Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  20

 

Page  67,  line  2  [Schedule  3],  leave out ‘income-related’ and insert ‘an’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  21

 

Page  67,  line  4  [Schedule  3],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

in that paragraph, in sub-paragraph (1)(d), after “state pension credit”

 

insert “, deductions from an employment and support allowance”.’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  22

 

Page  67,  line  5  [Schedule  3],  leave out paragraph (c).

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  23

 

Page  67,  line  13  [Schedule  3],  leave out ‘income-related’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  24

 

Page  67,  line  15  [Schedule  3],  leave out paragraph (b).

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  25

 

Page  68,  line  10  [Schedule  3],  at end insert—

 

‘Pensions Act 1995 (c. 26)

 

            

In Schedule 4 to the Pensions Act 1995 (equalisation of pensionable ages for

 

men and women), in paragraph 1 (enactments for the purposes of which the

 

rules for determining pensionable age apply) for “and the State Pension Credit

 

Act 2002” substitute “, the State Pension Credit Act 2002 and Part 1 of the

 

Welfare Reform Act 2007”.’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  26

 

Page  69,  line  39  [Schedule  3],  at end insert—

 

      ‘()  

In section 31 (incapacity for work), after subsection (1) insert—

 

“(1A)    

Regulations may provide that a determination that a person is

 

disqualified for any period in accordance with regulations under

 

section 17(1) to (3) of the Welfare Reform Act 2007 shall have effect

 

for such purposes as may be prescribed as a determination that he is to


 
 

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be treated as not having limited capability for work for that period, and

 

vice versa.”’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  27

 

Page  71,  line  7  [Schedule  3],  leave out sub-paragraph (1) and insert—

 

    ‘(1)  

The Social Security Fraud Act 2001 is amended as follows.

 

    (1A)  

In section 7 (loss of benefit for commission of benefit offences) after

 

subsection (4A) insert—

 

“(4B)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that, where the

 

sanctionable benefit is employment and support allowance, any

 

income-related allowance shall be payable, during the whole or a part

 

of any period comprised in the disqualification period, as if one or

 

more of the following applied—

 

(a)    

the rate of the allowance were such reduced rate as may be

 

prescribed;

 

(b)    

the allowance were payable only if there is compliance by the

 

offender with such obligations with respect to the provision of

 

information as may be imposed by the regulations;

 

(c)    

the allowance were payable only if the circumstances are

 

otherwise such as may be prescribed.”

 

    (1B)  

In that section, in subsection (8) (interpretation), in the definition of

 

“disqualifying benefit”, after paragraph (aa) insert—

 

“(ab)    

any benefit under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007

 

(employment and support allowance) or under any provision

 

having effect in Northern Ireland corresponding to that Part;”.’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  28

 

Page  71,  line  9  [Schedule  3],  after ‘In’ insert ‘section 9 (effect of offences on

 

benefits of members of offender’s family), in’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  29

 

Page  71,  line  12  [Schedule  3],  at beginning insert ‘In that section,’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  30

 

Page  71,  line  26  [Schedule  3],  at end insert—

 

    ‘(4)  

In section 10 (power to supplement and mitigate loss of benefit provisions), in

 

subsection (3) (definition of “social security benefit”), after paragraph (bb)

 

insert—

 

“(bc)    

any benefit under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007

 

(employment and support allowance) or under any provision

 

having effect in Northern Ireland corresponding to that Part;”.

 

      (5)  

In section 13 (interpretation of sections 7 to 12), after the definitions by

 

reference to the Jobseekers Act 1995 insert—


 
 

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““income-related allowance” has the same meaning as in Part 1 of the

 

Welfare Reform Act 2007 (employment and support allowance);”.’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  31

 

Page  72,  line  13  [Schedule  4],  at end insert—

 

‘General power to provide for transition relating to Part 1

 

    (1)  

Regulations may make such provision as the Secretary of State considers

 

necessary or expedient—

 

(a)    

in connection with the coming into force of any provision of, or repeal

 

relating to, this Part, or

 

(b)    

otherwise for the purposes of, or in connection with, the transition to

 

employment and support allowance.

 

      (2)  

The following provisions of this Schedule are not to be taken as prejudicing the

 

generality of sub-paragraph (1).’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  32

 

Page  73,  line  1  [Schedule  4],  after ‘allowance’ insert ‘of such a kind as the

 

regulations may provide’.

 

John Robertson

 

Not called  109

 

Page  73,  line  19  [Schedule  4],  after ‘which’, insert ‘either’.

 

John Robertson

 

Not called  107

 

Page  73,  line  21  [Schedule  4],  at end insert ‘or match the level of the award of the

 

employment and support allowance, whichever is the greater.’.

 

John Robertson

 

Not called  110

 

Page  73,  line  43  [Schedule  4],  after ‘which’, insert ‘either’.

 

John Robertson

 

Not called  108

 

Page  73,  line  45  [Schedule  4],  at end insert ‘or match the level of the award of the

 

employment and support allowance, whichever is the greater.’.

 

Mr David Ruffley

 

Mr Jeremy Hunt

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Not called  105

 

Page  73,  line  47  [Schedule  4],  leave out sub-paragraph (1) and insert—

 

    ‘(1)  

In respect of a person who is entitled to an existing award—


 
 

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(a)    

Regulations may make provision for or in connection with enabling

 

such a person to take part in one or more work-focused health-related

 

assessments.

 

(b)    

“Work-focused health-related assessment” in sub-paragraph (1)(a)

 

means an assessment by a health care professional approved by the

 

Secretary of State which is carried out for the purpose of assessing—

 

(i)    

the extent to which a person still has capability for work,

 

(ii)    

the extent to which his capability for work may be improved

 

by the taking of steps in relation to his physical or mental

 

condition, and

 

(iii)    

such other matters relating to his physical or mental condition

 

and the likelihood of his obtaining or remaining in work or

 

being able to do so, as may be prescribed.

 

(c)    

The reference in sub-paragraph (1)(b) to a health care professional is

 

to a member of a profession (regulated by, or by virtue of, any

 

enactment) which is concerned (wholly or partly) with the physical or

 

mental health of individuals.

 

(d)    

Regulations may also make provision for or in connection with

 

enabling such a person to take part in one or more work-focused

 

interviews.

 

(e)    

“Work focused interview” in sub-paragraph (1)(d) means an interview

 

by the Secretary of Sate conducted for such purposes connected with

 

enabling the person interviewed to obtain work, or enabling him to

 

stay in work, as may be prescribed.

 

(f)    

Regulations may also make provision for or in connection with

 

enabling a person to whom sub-paragraph (1)(d) applies to undertake

 

work-related activity in acordance with regulations.

 

(g)    

For the purposes of this paragraph, “work related activity”, in relation

 

to a person, means activity which makes it more likely that the person

 

will obtain or remain in work or be able to do so.

 

(h)    

The Secretary of Sate shall in prescribed circumstances provide a

 

person under sub-paragraph (1)(d) with a document prepared for such

 

purposes as may be prescribed (referred to as an action plan).

 

(i)    

Regulations may make provision about—

 

(i)    

the form of action plans;

 

(ii)    

the content of action plans; and

 

(iii)    

the review and updating of action plans.

 

(j)    

Subject to sub-paragraphs (1)(a) to (i) above, in respect of a person

 

who is entitled to an existing award regulations may—

 

(i)    

make provision for converting existing awards into awards of

 

an employment and support allowance, and with respect to the

 

terms of the conversion;

 

(ii)    

make provision for the termination of existing awards in

 

prescribed circumstances.’.

 

John Robertson

 

John McDonnell

 

Not called  100

 

Page  73,  line  47  [Schedule  4],  at beginning insert ‘Save that a person entitled to an

 

existing award may not be subject to sections 10 to 14 of this Act’.

 



 
 

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Mr Gordon Marsden

 

Roger Berry

 

Not selected  119

 

Page  74,  line  10  [Schedule  4],  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

make provision for the application for a conversion of an existing

 

award by those persons who have been claiming an existing benefit;’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  33

 

Page  74,  line  30  [Schedule  4],  after ‘30A’ insert ‘, 40 or 41’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  34

 

Page  74,  line  31  [Schedule  4],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

an award of long-term incapacity benefit under regulation 11(4) of the

 

Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) (Transitional) Regulations 1995

 

(S.I. 1995/310) (former sickness benefit);’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  35

 

Page  74,  line  32  [Schedule  4],  leave out from second ‘of’ to ‘as’ in line 34 and

 

insert ‘those regulations’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  36

 

Page  74,  line  39  [Schedule  4],  after first ‘of’ insert—

 

‘(i)    

’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  37

 

Page  74,  line  39  [Schedule  4],  after ‘(b)’ insert ‘, 8, 10, 12 or 13’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  38

 

Page  74,  line  41  [Schedule  4],  after ‘work’ insert ‘or disability’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  39

 

Page  74,  line  41  [Schedule  4],  at end insert ‘, or

 

(ii)    

regulation 13(2)(b) or (bb) of, and paragraph 15 of Schedule

 

1B to, those regulations (income support for disabled persons

 

in education).’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  40

 

Page  75,  line  5  [Schedule  4],  after ‘Part’ insert ‘, or any other enactment relating to

 

social security,’.


 
 

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Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  41

 

Page  75,  line  9  [Schedule  4],  at end insert—

 

    ‘( )  

In this paragraph “enactment” includes an enactment contained in subordinate

 

legislation (within the meaning of the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30)).’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  42

 

Page  75,  line  30  [Schedule  4],  after ‘30A’ insert ‘, 40 or 41’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  43

 

Page  75,  line  34  [Schedule  4],  at end insert—

 

‘(i)    

’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  44

 

Page  75,  line  35  [Schedule  4],  after ‘(b)’ insert ‘, 8, 10, 12 or 13’.

 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  45

 

Page  75,  line  36  [Schedule  4],  at end insert ‘, or

 

(ii)    

regulation 13(2)(b) or (bb) of, and paragraph 15 of Schedule

 

1B to, those regulations.’.

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  46

 

Page  82,  [Schedule  8],  leave out line 46.

 


 

Mr Secretary Hutton

 

Agreed to  47

 

Page  84,  line  21  [Schedule  8],  at end insert—

  

‘Section 31(1).’.

 
 



 
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