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SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 
 

Tuesday 17 March 2009

 

Report Stage Proceedings

 

Welfare Reform Bill, As Amended


 

New Clauses

 

Jobseeker’s allowance

 

Lynne Jones

 

John McDonnell

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Ms Katy Clark

 

Mike Wood

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Negatived on division  NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Section 4 of the Jobseekers Act 1995 (c. 18) (amount payable by way of a

 

jobseeker’s allowance) is amended as follows—

 

(a)    

in subsection (1), omit paragraph (a), and

 

(b)    

omit subsection (2).’.

 


 

Jobseeker’s allowance uprating

 

Lynne Jones

 

John McDonnell

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Ms Katy Clark

 

Mike Wood

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Not selected  NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The weekly rate of jobseeker’s allowance shall increase by £15 on 1 October

 

2009.


 
 

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(2)    

The weekly rate of jobseeker’s allowance shall be increased on 1 October 2010,

 

and annually thereafter, in line with the percentage increase in average earnings

 

over the relevant annual interval to be prescribed in regulations.’.

 


 

Passporting of Jobseeker’s Allowance for retraining or employment protection

 

Paul Rowen

 

Jim Cousins

 

Jim McDonnell

 

Not selected  NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

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

 

(2)    

After section 27 insert—

 

“27A  

Passporting of Jobseeker’s Allowance for retraining or employment

 

protection

 

(1)    

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 6

 

months prior to their employment.

 

(2)    

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

 

national minimum wage.

 

(3)    

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

 

passported to employers planning to make skilled or semi-skilled

 

workers redundant.

 

(4)    

Regulations under this section may only apply to employees who would

 

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

 

(5)    

The passported benefits must be used either—

 

(a)    

to retrain the worker concerned, or be

 

(b)    

to enable the worker to continue in employment at a reduced

 

capacity.”’.

 



 
 

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Disability living allowance for blind claimants

 

John Robertson

 

Mr David Blunkett

 

Sir John Butterfill

 

Paul Rowen

 

Miss Anne Begg

 

Dr Phyllis Starkey

 

Jim Sheridan

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Mr Marsha Singh

 

Jim Cousins

 

Mr David Anderson

 

David Taylor

 

Roger Berry

 

Mr George Mudie

 

Frank Dobson

 

Dr Doug Naysmith

 

John McDonnell

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Dr Desmond Turner

 

Mr Clive Betts                                                          

 

Mrs Betty Williams

 

Julie Morgan

 

John McFall

 

Steve Webb

 

Mr Russell Brown

 

Alun Michael

 

Added  NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Section 73 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c. 4) (the

 

mobility component) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In subsection (1), after paragraph (b) insert—

 

“(ba)    

he falls within subsection (2A); or”.

 

(3)    

In subsection (1A) (a), after “(b)”, insert “, (ba)”.

 

(4)    

After subsection (2), insert—

 

“(2A)    

A person falls within this subsection if—

 

(a)    

he is blind; and

 

(b)    

he satisfies such other conditions as may be prescribed.”.

 

(5)    

In subsection (5), after “(2)(a)”, insert “or subsection (2A)(a)”.

 

(6)    

In subsection (11)(a), after “(b)”, insert “, (ba)”.’.

 


 

Grandparents’ national insurance credit

 

John Robertson

 

Miss Anne Begg

 

Mr George Mudie

 

Not selected  NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c. 4) is amended as

 

follows.

 

(2)    

In section 23A(3)(c) (Contributions credits for relevant parents and carers), after

 

first “in” insert “unpaid care for 20 hours in that week or more of a grandchild

 

under the age of 12 or of an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner,

 

or (d) otherwise in”.’.

 



 
 

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Annual report on claimants moving into work

 

Mr James Clappison

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

John Baron

 

Not selected  NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall prepare an annual report on the operation of the

 

arrangements relating to incapacity benefit claimants and employment and

 

support allowance claimants and shall give details of the number of such

 

claimants who have moved off benefit and into work.

 

(2)    

A copy of each such report shall be laid before each House of Parliament.’.

 


 

Claimant’s Charter and Employment Services Ombudsman

 

Mr Terry Rooney

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Lynne Jones

 

John McDonnell

 

Not selected  NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Regulations under this section shall make provision for a Claimant’s Charter to

 

set out the rights and duties of claimants under the provisions of this Act.

 

(2)    

The Claimant’s Charter shall apply to all functions exercised by the Secretary of

 

State under the provisions of this Act, including those contracted out under

 

section 23 of this Act.

 

(3)    

Regulations may provide for benefit claimants to have complaints against

 

providers of employment services investigated by an employment services

 

ombudsman in accordance with a scheme approved by the Secretary of State.’.

 


 

Work related activity: payment of additional premium

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Mr Terry Rooney

 

John McDonnell

 

Not called  NC8

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c. 4), section 135 is

 

amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After subsection (6) insert—

 

“(7)    

The applicable amount shall include an amount in respect of a work-

 

related activity component if the claimant undertakes work-related


 
 

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activity as defined in section 2D(8)(c) of the Social Security

 

Administration Act 1992 (c. 5).”’.

 


 

Registrar not to enter father’s name in certain circumstances

 

Paul Rowen

 

John McDonnell

 

Not selected  NC9

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Nothing in section 44 and Schedule 6 of this Act relating to the registration of

 

the births of children whose parents are neither married to each other nor civil

 

partner of each other shall permit the registrar to enter the name of a father on the

 

register in circumstances where—

 

(1)    

the mother confirms to the registrar that she has reason to fear for her

 

safety or that of her child if the father were to acquire parental

 

responsibility by virtue of his name being entered on the register; and

 

(2)    

a determination regarding the acquisition of parental responsibility by the

 

father under section 4(1)(c) of the Children Act 1989 as amended has not

 

yet been made by a court.’.

 


 

Mobility component of disability allowance

 

John Robertson

 

Mr David Blunkett

 

Sir John Butterfill

 

Miss Anne Begg

 

Dr Phyllis Starkey

 

Jim Sheridan

 

Mr David Anderson

 

David Taylor

 

Roger Berry

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Frank Dobson

 

Dr Doug Naysmith

 

John McDonnell

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Dr Desmond Turner

 

Mr Clive Betts

 

Mrs Betty Williams

 

Julie Morgan

 

John McFall

 

Steve Webb

 

Mr Russell Brown

 

Alun Michael

 

Added  NC10

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Section 73 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c. 4)

 

(mobility component of disability living allowance) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In subsection (1), for paragraph (b) (together with the “or” at the end of it)

 

substitute—

 

“(ab)    

he falls within subsection (1AB) below; or

 

(b)    

he does not fall within that subsection but does fall within subsection (2)

 

below; or”.


 
 

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(3)    

In subsection (1A)(a), after “paragraph (a),”, insert “(ab),”.

 

(4)    

After subsection (1A) insert—

 

“(1AB)    

A person falls within this subsection if—

 

(a)    

he has such severe visual impairment as may be prescribed; and

 

(b)    

he satisfies such other conditions as may be prescribed.”.

 

(5)    

In subsection (11)(a), after “subsection (1)(a),”, insert “(ab),”.’.

 


 

Mr Terry Rooney

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Lynne Jones

 

John McDonnell

 

Not selected  40

 

Page  1,  line  3  [Clause  1],  after ‘benefit”’, insert ‘pilot’.

 

Mr Terry Rooney

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Lynne Jones

 

John McDonnell

 

Not selected  41

 

Page  1,  line  4  [Clause  1],  at beginning insert ‘Pilot’.

 

Mr Terry Rooney

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Lynne Jones

 

John McDonnell

 

Not called  42

 

Page  1,  line  8  [Clause  1],  after ‘benefit”’, insert ‘pilot’.

 

Mr Terry Rooney

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Lynne Jones

 

John McDonnell

 

Not called  43

 

Page  1,  line  9  [Clause  1],  at beginning insert ‘Pilot’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Lynne Jones

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Ms Katy Clark

 

Mike Wood

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Negatived on division  11

 

Page  1,  line  11  [Clause  1],  leave out ‘imposing on’ and insert ‘offering to’.

 

John Robertson

 

Jim Cousins

 

Mr John Grogan

 

John McDonnell

 

Not called  36

 

Page  1,  line  12  [Clause  1],  after ‘circumstances’, insert ‘and where claimants have


 
 

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guaranteed and predictable access to good quality, affordable and flexible childcare which

 

meets the needs of the parents and the child in the claimants’ household.’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Lynne Jones

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Ms Katy Clark

 

Mike Wood

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Not called  12

 

Page  1,  line  12  [Clause  1],  leave out ‘a requirement’ and insert ‘an opportunity’.

 

Mr Terry Rooney

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Lynne Jones

 

Jim McDonnell

 

Not called  44

 

Page  1,  line  13  [Clause  1],  leave out ‘designed’ and insert ‘personally tailored’.

 


 

John McDonnell

 

Lynne Jones

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Ms Katy Clark

 

Mike Wood

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Not called  13

 

Page  2,  line  1  [Clause  1],  leave out ‘require’ and insert ‘allow’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Lynne Jones

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Ms Katy Clark

 

Mike Wood

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Not called  14

 

Page  2,  line  9  [Clause  1],  leave out from ‘scheme’ to end of line 12 on page 3.

 


 

John McDonnell

 

Lynne Jones

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Ms Katy Clark

 

Mike Wood

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Not called  15

 

Page  3,  line  12  [Clause  1],  at end insert—

 

‘(11)    

Any work undertaken by a participant in a “work for your benefits” scheme shall

 

be—

 

(a)    

paid at an hourly rate of no less than the full adult minimum wage; and


 
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