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Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 3 March 2009            



Welfare Reform Bill, continued



claimants must have an opportunity to appeal against any decision under


this Act leading to a reduction in benefits; clear advice to this end must


be provided to the claimant before a sanction is applied,



claimants are entitled to high-quality, individually tailored support and


must be given access to services that will improve their ability to access


decent work, including education, training, condition management and


legal support in instances of employer discrimination,



claimants must be made aware of, and advised on, all of the support for


training, childcare and transport to interview costs they are entitled to by


providers exercising powers under this Act,



no claimant shall be required to participate in activity which would


otherwise be a condition of benefit entitlement under this Act if


appropriate childcare, or other reasonable support required to enable


participation, is not available,



no claimant shall be required to take part in an activity under this Act for


which it would be reasonable to expect payment, unless they are in


receipt of compensation for that activity in line with the National


Minimum Wage, and



claimants must be able to access free, independent and appropriate advice


in relation to all aspects of the Act.’.



Employment retention


John Robertson


Not selected  NC12


To move the following Clause:—



The Employment Rights Act 1996 (c. 18) is amended as follows.



After Part 8A there is inserted—


“Part 8B


Employment Retention



Employment retention assessment



The Secretary of State shall make regulations—



entitling a disabled employee who satisfies specified conditions


to an employment retention assessment;



prescribing the nature of the employment retention assessment.



This assessment must be carried out by a health care professional


approved by the Secretary of State.





For the purposes of this Part—


“disabled employee” means an employee who has a disability, as defined in


section 1(1) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (c. 50);


“employment retention assessment” means an assessment undertaken of a


disabled employee by a healthcare professional for the purposes of


recommending to his employer measures that could assist the disabled


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Welfare Reform Bill, continued


person to remain in work, or, if that person is on sick leave, measures to


provide for a return to work.


“health care professional” has the same meaning as in the Welfare Reform


Act 2007.”.



In section 236(3), after “80G,”, insert “80J(1)”.’.



Passporting of Jobseeker’s Allowance


Paul Rowen


Withdrawn  NC13


To move the following Clause:—



The Jobseekers Act 1995 (c.18) is amended as follows.



After section 27 insert—



Passporting of Jobseeker’s Allowance



Regulations under this section may make provision for or in connection


with allowing Jobseeker’s Allowance to be passported to employers of


individuals who have been on Jobseeker’s Allowance for at least 18


months prior to their employment.



Claimants to whom these regulations apply must be in receipt of the


national minimum wage.



Regulations under this section may, in particular, make provision for


contracts of public works whereby employers will receive claimants’


passported benefits should they take into employment under such


schemes claimants that have been in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance for


at least 18 months.



The award of public works contracts may be rendered conditional upon a


minimum percentage of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants being taken on


by the employer concerned.



Regulations may further make provision for Jobseeker’s Allowance to be


passported to employers planning to make skilled or semi-skilled


workers redundant.



Regulations under this section may only apply to employees who would


be entitled to Jobseeker’s Allowance if no longer in employment.



The passported benefits must be used to either—



retrain the worker concerned, or



permit retraining and employment as part of a reskilling package


agreed between the employer and employee.”.’.



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Welfare Reform Bill, continued


Extension of Train to Gain


Paul Rowen


Not selected  NC14


To move the following Clause:—



Regulations shall make provision for the extension of the Train to Gain


programme of the Learning and Skills Council.



Regulations under this section may, in particular, allow for unemployed


jobseeker’s allowance claimants to access Train to Gain funding where the


Secretary of State considers that such training would improve the chances of the


claimants concerned finding employment.’.



Mr Tony McNulty


That certain written evidence already reported to the House be appended to the


proceedings of the Committee.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agreed to




Bill, as amended, to be reported.


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