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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 25th April 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE A


STATE PENSION CREDIT BILL [LORDS]

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee of 16th April.

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.'.


Self-employed
   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

NC4

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 fiscal year thereafter lay before Parliament a report setting out the number of self-employed persons entitled to—

      (a) the guarantee credit alone;

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

      (c) the savings credit alone.'.


Assessed income periods: further provision
   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

       '.—The Secretary of State shall make an annual report to Parliament on the operation of the Pension Service for the year in question; and this report shall specify the number of claimants whose assessed income period is modified during the year in question and any representations made to the Secretary of State by pensioner organisations in respect of such modifications.'.


Earnings and income data
   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

       '.—The Secretary of State shall, through the Pension Service or such other means as seem to him appropriate, issue an annual report to Parliament on (a) the earnings and (b) other income of pensioners' and the levels of withdrawal of benefits in relation to changes in that income, together with the effects on incentives to work or continuing savings by those claimants.'.


Retirement incomes
   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

       '.—The Secretary of State shall from time to time report to Parliament on trends in the retirement incomes of pensioners with particular reference to

      (a) their uptake of income-related benefits including state pension credit;

      (b) income from state basic and state second pension entitlements; and

      (c) income from occupational pensions.'.


Income from capital
   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

       '.—The Secretary of State shall, at intervals not exceeding five years, invite the Social Security Advisory Committee to appraise whether the definition of income from capital under this Act remains appropriate and to make recommendations for any change in the formula or coverage of relevant regulations providing an implied income from such capital.'.


Information technology
   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

       '.—The Secretary of State shall report annually to Parliament on the adequacy and robustness of information technology systems available to deliver the pension credit system and may make such reasonable modifications in the application of the system as may be required to deliver that system.'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Clappison

40

Schedule     1,     page     15,     line     26,     at end insert 'foreseeable'.


   

Steve Webb

39

Schedule     2,     page     26,     line     5,     at end insert—

'National Assistance Act 1948

    24A   In section 22(4) of the National Assistance Act 1948 (charges to be made for accommodation), at end insert "and an amount of savings credit under the State Pension Credit Act 2002 to be prescribed in regulations".'.


EXTRACT FROM THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE [25TH MARCH]

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    (3)   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 30th April.

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


ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE [16TH APRIL]

       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.


 
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