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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 16th April 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE A


STATE PENSION CREDIT BILL [LORDS]

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee of Monday 15th April.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

9

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     3,     leave out 'state'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

18

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     4,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   State pension credit shall be publicised to the general public under the title "pension credit".'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

10

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     leave out 'state'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

11

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     leave out 'state'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

22

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     20,     leave out paragraph (a).

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

12

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     22,     leave out 'state'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

13

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     23,     leave out 'temporary'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

16

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     4,     at end add—

      '(c) in the case of a woman or a man, if the definition of pensionable age set out in the rules in Schedule 4 to the Pensions Act 1995 is amended or rescinded then such other age as the Secretary of State may determine by regulations'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

19

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     4,     at end add—

    '(7)   The Secretary of State shall as soon as practicable after the end of the fiscal year 2004-05 and as soon as practicable after the end of each fiscal year thereafter lay before Parliament a report setting out—

      (a) the number of those entitled to the state pension credit;

      (b) the number of those entitled to—

        (i) the guarantee credit alone;

        (ii) the guarantee credit and the savings credit; and

        (iii) the savings credit alone;

      (c) the number of entitled persons claiming the credits set out in paragraphs (a) and (b) above;

      (d) the take up in terms of expenditure in respect of each of the categories set out in paragraphs (a) and (b) above;

      (e) details of the steps taken to encourage those entitled to state pension credit to make a claim for it, and of the steps to advise those making such claims;

      (f) representations made to the Secretary of State by the Social Security Advisory Committee or by such organisations as may seem to him representative of the interests of pensioners in connection with the operation of state pension credit.'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

14

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     24,     leave out subsection (6).

   

Steve Webb

3

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(6A)   Such regulations may not apply to hospital in-patients.'.


   

Steve Webb

1

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     42,     leave out 'age of 65' and insert 'qualifying age'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

15

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     4,     at end insert 'or, in a case where such income falls short, on account of inadequate contributions to attain a full retirement pension, then the qualifying income may be increased by regulation to take into account the extent to which such shortfall was unavoidable by the claimant.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

21

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The Secretary of State shall as soon as practicable after the end of the fiscal year 2004-05 and as soon as practicable after the end of each year thereafter lay before Parliament a report setting out—

      (a) the number of persons with a withdrawal rate of 100 per cent. in respect of income beneath the savings credit threshold, and

      (b) the total value of the income concerned.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

25

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     25,     leave out subsection (6).

   

Steve Webb

2

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(6A)   In the case of men aged under 65, such regulations shall provide that the calculation of qualifying income shall include an amount equal to the amount of retirement pension that the claimant has accrued at the time of the claim.'.

   

Steve Webb

4

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(6A)   For the purpose of calculating entitlement to a savings credit, the amount of qualifying income shall be increased for claimants with earnings by an amount to be prescribed in regulations.'.

As an Amendment to Steve Webb's proposed Amendment (No. 4) (Clause 3, page 3, line 26):

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

(a)

Line     3,     at end insert ', provided always that such increase shall not be less than the hourly rate of the national minimum wage for adults for the number of hours worked by that claimant.'.

   

Steve Webb

5

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(6A)   Such regulations shall provide that, in the calculation of qualifying income, a claimant may substitute for his actual rate of retirement pension an amount equal to the rate of retirement pension that the claimant would have been entitled to if the provisions of paragraph 5(7) of Schedule 3 to the Contributions and Benefits Act (home responsibilities protection) had been in force since the claimant attained the age of 16.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

23

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     33,     leave out subsection (8).

   

Steve Webb

6

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     34,     at end add—

    '(9)   Regulations shall provide that any entitlement to savings credit shall be wholly disregarded by local authority social services departments when assessing entitlement to assistance with the costs of residential care.'.

   

Steve Webb

7

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     34,     at end add—

    '(9)   The Secretary of State shall issue guidance to local authority social services departments on assessment of entitlement to assistance with the costs of residential care to persons in receipt of a savings credit.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

20

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     34,     at end add—

    '(9)   The Secretary of State shall as soon as practicable after the end of the fiscal year 2004-05 and as soon as practicable after the end of each fiscal year thereafter lay before Parliament a report containing an assessment of the effect of the savings credit on the propensity of individuals to save for their retirement.'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

24

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     43,     leave out subsection (3).


   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

17

Clause     19,     page     13,     line     26,     at end insert—

      ( ) section 1(6)(c)'.


   

Mr Ian McCartney

8

Clause     22,     page     14,     line     23,     leave out subsection (7).


NEW CLAUSES

Advice

   

Steve Webb

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Regulations shall provide for the circumstances in which any individual seeking advice with regard to the state pension credit may receive that advice.

    (2)   Such regulations shall provide that such advice shall be—

      (a) available on a face-to-face basis;

      (b) provided by a suitably qualified person;

      (c) available either at home in specified circumstances or else within a reasonable travelling distance of home;

      (d) provided within a reasonable period of time.'.


Fraud

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Secretary of State shall as soon as practicable after the end of the fiscal year 2004-05 and as soon as practicable after the end of each year thereafter lay before Parliament a report setting out—

      (a) the extent of fraud in state pension credit claims; and

      (b) the measures he has taken to deal with fraudulent claims for state pension credit.'.


RESOLUTION OF THE PROGRAMMING SUB-COMMITTEE

       The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill agreed the following Resolution at its meeting on Monday 15th April [Sessional Order C relating to Programming]:

       That—

    (1)   during proceedings on the State Pension Credit Bill [Lords] the Standing Committee do meet when the House is sitting on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and at half-past Four o'clock and on Thursdays at half-past Nine o'clock and at half-past Two o'clock, except that on Tuesday 30th April 2002 the Committee shall not meet at half-past Ten o'clock;

    (2)   the proceedings to be taken on the sittings shall be as shown in the second column of the Table below and shall be taken in the order so shown;

    (3)   the proceedings which under paragraph (2) are to be taken on any sitting shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the third column of the Table;

    (4)   paragraph (2) does not prevent proceedings being taken (in the order shown in the second column of the Table) on an earlier sitting than that provided for under paragraph (2) if previous proceedings have already been concluded.

TABLE

SittingProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
1stClauses 1 to 3
2ndClauses 1 to 3 (so far as not previously concluded)
3rdClauses 1 to 3 (so far as not previously concluded)
4thClauses 1 to 3 (so far as not previously concluded)5 p.m.
5thClauses 4 to 14
6thClauses 4 to 14 (so far as not previously concluded)9.50 p.m.
7thClauses 15 to 22, new Clauses, Schedules 1 to 3, new Schedules, remaining proceedings on the Bill
8thClauses 15 to 22, new Clauses, Schedules 1 to 3, new Schedules, remaining proceedings on the Bill (so far as not previously concluded)
9thClauses 15 to 22, new Clauses, Schedules 1 to 3, new Schedules, remaining proceedings on the Bill (so far as not previously concluded)7 p.m.

       Mr Ian McCartney has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee [Sessional Order C(9) relating to Programming (28th June 2001)].


 
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