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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 11th July 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE B


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

HOUSING BENEFIT (WITHHOLDING OF PAYMENT) BILL

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr James Clappison
Mr Tim Boswell

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     2,     leave out 'three' and insert 'five'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

10

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     3,     after 'individual', insert 'permanently'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

11

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     3,     after 'individual', insert 'who for more than twelve months has been'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr James Clappison
Mr Tim Boswell
Mr Greg Knight

4

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     4,     leave out 'magistrates'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr James Clappison
Mr Tim Boswell
Mr Greg Knight

2

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     4,     leave out 'summary'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

12

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     after second 'tenant', insert 'and reasonable attempts to offer support and resettlement services have been refused'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr James Clappison
Mr Tim Boswell

3

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     leave out 'Secretary of State may' and insert 'court concerned on the most recent occasion may order the Secretary of State to'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

13

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     8,     leave out 'twelve' and insert 'six'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

15

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     8,     at end insert 'provided that in the case of a tenant of a registered social landlord the Secretary of State shall first obtain the agreement of the registered social landlord'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

16

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     8,     at end insert 'provided that in the case of a tenant of a local authority the Secretary of State shall first obtain the agreement of the local authority'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

17

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     8,     at end insert 'provided that in the case of a tenant of a public body the Secretary of State shall first obtain the agreement of the public body and in this section the term public body includes—

      (a) a local authority

      (b) a registered social landlord

      (c) a government department

      (d) a police authority and

      (e) a health authority or primary care trust'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

14

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     8,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   A local housing authority or a local social services authority may make recommendations to the Secretary of State regarding the withholding of benefit under subsection (1) above and it shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to consider all such recommendations before taking any action under subsection (1)'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

18

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     9,     after 'means', insert 'a pattern of consistent'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

19

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     9,     after second 'behaviour', insert 'consistently'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

20

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     leave out from 'cause' to end and insert 'serious harm, harassment, alarm or distress to others where the behaviour is either linked to the occupation of the home or occurs in the locality of the home'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

25

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     leave out 'or' and insert 'and'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

23

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     at end add 'and which in the opinion of the Secretary of State cannot better be dealt with in any other way than that specified in this Act'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

24

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     at end add 'and which in the opinion of—

      (a) the Secretary of State and

      (b) the local housing authority and

      (c) the local social services authority

       cannot better be dealt with in any other way than that specified in this Act'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

21

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     at end add—

    '(3)   For the purposes of subsection (1) the Secretary of State may only withhold any payment of housing benefit if he is satisfied that exceptional hardship will not result for the tenant or any person who resides with them.'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

22

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     at end add—

    '(3)   In paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 to the Social Security Act 1998 (decisions against which an appeal lies), after sub-paragraph (e) there shall be inserted "; or

      (f) section 1 of the Housing Benefit (Withholding of Payment) Act 2002.".'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

26

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     at end add—

    '(3)   The Secretary of State shall not take any action pursuant to subsection (1) above until he has given any person against whom any such action is intended to be taken a reasonable opportunity to make representations to him or any person appointed by him as to why such action should not be taken.'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

27

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     at end add—

    '(3)   The Secretary of State shall not take any action pursuant to subsection (1) above until he has received the advice of a case conference called for the purpose of considering the proposed action.

    (4)   For the purposes of this section a case conference is a meeting called by the Secretary of State of all agencies which he considers may be able to offer him guidance and notwithstanding the generality the following persons shall be invited to such a meeting, namely—

      (a) a representative of the local housing authority

      (b) a representative of the local social services authority

      (c) a representative of the local police

      (d) the person or persons against whom action is proposed to be taken.'.

   

Mr Malcolm Wicks

6

Page     1,     line     1,     leave out Clause 1.


   

Mr Edward Davey

28

Clause     2,     page     1,     line     13,     after 'individual', insert 'permanently'.

   

Mr Edward Davey

29

Clause     2,     page     1,     line     13,     after 'individual', insert 'who for more than twelve months has been'.

   

Mr Greg Knight

31

*Clause     2,     page     1,     line     14,     leave out 'magistrates'.

   

Mr Greg Knight

32

*Clause     2,     page     1,     line     14,     leave out 'summary'.

   

Mr Malcolm Wicks

7

Page     1,     line     11,     leave out Clause 2


   

Mr Edward Davey

30

Clause     3,     page     1,     line     22,     after first 'shall', insert 'subject to section [anti-social behaviour commission] above.'.

   

Mr Malcolm Wicks

8

Clause     3,     page     1,     line     23,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   An order under subsection (2) may make—

      (a) different provision for different purposes or different areas, and

      (b) such supplementary and incidental provision as the Secretary of State thinks appropriate.'

As an Amendment to Mr Malcolm Wicks's proposed Amendment (No. 8) (Clause     3,     page     1,     line     23):

   

Mr Edward Davey

(a)

*Line     4,     at end add 'provided that an instrument containing provisions under paragraph (b) above shall not be made unless a draft of it has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament'.


NEW CLAUSES

Effect on child
   

Mr David Willetts
Mr James Clappison
Mr Tim Boswell

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '( )   Before any decision to withhold payment of housing benefit is made regard must be had to the effect of this on the welfare of any children in such a household.'.


Representations
   

Mr David Willetts
Mr James Clappison
Mr Tim Boswell

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '( )   In making a decision to withhold payment of housing benefit regard may be had to representations from any person affected by the anti-social behaviour concerned.'.


Anti-social behaviour declarations: criminal proceedings
   

Mr Malcolm Wicks

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   This section applies where—

      (a) on any occasion a person ("the offender") is convicted of one or more offences by or before a court, but

      (b) a custodial sentence of a year or more is not imposed on the offender in respect of the conviction, or any of the convictions.

    (2)   If it appears to the prosecutor that, by reason of any or all of the conduct giving rise to the conviction or convictions, the offender may have behaved in an anti-social manner, the prosecutor must notify the court to that effect.

    (3)   Where—

      (a) the court is notified under subsection (2), and

      (b) it is satisfied that, by reason of any or all of the conduct giving rise to the conviction or convictions, the offender has behaved in an anti-social manner,

    it must make a declaration that he has so behaved.

    (4)   A declaration under this section must specify the day on which the conduct in respect of which it is made occurred or, if that conduct occurred on more than one day, the earliest and latest days on which it occurred.

    (5)   For the purposes of this section, a person has behaved in an anti-social manner if his conduct caused, or was likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons (not of the same household as himself) residing in, visiting, or otherwise engaged in lawful activity in, the locality of his home.

    (6)   In this section—

      (a) any reference to a conviction includes a conviction in relation to which a court makes an order for a conditional discharge (but not a conviction in relation to which a court makes an order for an absolute discharge), and

      (b) "custodial sentence"—

      (i) in relation to England and Wales, has the meaning given in section 76 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (c.6), and

      (ii) in relation to Scotland, means a sentence as defined in section 307(1) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c.46).

    (7)   In section 50 of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 (c.19) (meaning of "sentence"), in subsection (1), after paragraph (h) insert "; and

          (i) a declaration under section (anti-social behaviour declarations: criminal proceedings) of the Housing Benefit (Withholding of Payment) Act 2002 (anti-social behaviour declarations: criminal proceedings)."

    (8)   In section 108 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (c.43) (rights of appeal), at the end of subsection (3) insert "and a declaration under section (anti-social behaviour declarations: criminal proceedings) of the Housing Benefit (Withholding of Payment) Act 2002 (anti-social behaviour declarations: criminal proceedings)."

    (9)   For the purposes of any appeal or review, a declaration under this section made by a court in Scotland is a sentence.'.

 
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