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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 28 April 2011

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Welfare Reform Bill


 

[Thirteenth and Fourteenth sittings]


 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Withdrawn  57

 

Schedule  1,  page  102,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(7)  

Regulations made under this paragraph must specify that a particular amount

 

of income should be disregarded when calculating entitlement to universal

 

credit, including in the following circumstances—

 

(a)    

where the claimant is disabled;

 

(b)    

where the claimant is a lone parent; and

 

(c)    

where the claimant is the second earner in a couple.

 

      (8)  

Where the claimant’s eligibility for an amount of income to be disregarded, in

 

accordance with subsection (7), is based on two or more sets of circumstances,

 

the amount specified for each of these sets of circumstances shall be added

 

together to calculate the total amount to be disregarded.’.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

Clause 32 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Withdrawn  116

 

Schedule  2,  page  104,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘6A In section 71, subsection (11), after paragraph (f) add—

 

“(g)    

universal credit.”.’.


 
 

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Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Negatived on division  117

 

Schedule  2,  page  113,  line  35,  leave out paragraph 64.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 


 

Chris Grayling

 

Agreed to  88

 

Clause  33,  page  16,  line  13,  leave out from ‘in’ to ‘an’ in line 15

 

Chris Grayling

 

Agreed to  89

 

Clause  33,  page  16,  line  18,  leave out subsection (5)

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 34 Agreed to.

 


 

Chris Grayling

 

Agreed to  97

 

Schedule  3,  page  114,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

‘4A      

In section 7 (relationship between benefits), in subsection (3), for “subsections

 

(1) and (2)” there is substituted “subsection (1)”.’

 

Chris Grayling

 

Agreed to  98

 

Schedule  3,  page  116,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘23A (1)  

Section 27 (financial provisions) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (1), for the words from “so much of” to the end there is

 

substituted “any sums payable by way of employment and support allowance”.

 

      (3)  

In subsection (3), for “contributory” there is substituted “employment and

 

support”.’

 

Chris Grayling

 

Agreed to  99

 

Schedule  3,  page  116,  line  35,  leave out paragraph (e)

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

Clause 35 Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Kate Green

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Withdrawn  87

 

Schedule  4,  page  117,  line  20,  at end insert ‘or

 

(d)    

to a child credit;’.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

Clause 36 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 5 Agreed to.

 

Clause 37 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Negatived on division  31

 

Schedule  6,  page  121,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

Before he has fixed the appointed day, the Secretary of State shall publish a report

 

on access to welfare advice, including advice for those unable to use the Internet,

 

and shall satisfy himself on the basis of the report that provision is adequate to

 

support migration to Universal Credit.’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Withdrawn  122

 

Schedule  6,  page  121,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

Before he has fixed the appointed day, the Secretary of State shall initiate and

 

respond to a consultation on the treatment within universal credit of the

 

following—

 

(a)    

childcare provision,

 

(b)    

eligibility for passported benefits, including free school meals and free

 

medical prescriptions,

 

(c)    

the treatment of the self-employed, and

 

(d)    

the treatment of savings income.’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Negatived on division  123

 

Schedule  6,  page  121,  line  23,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘(4)    

Before he has fixed the appointed day, the Secretary of State shall satisfy himself

 

on the basis of an appropriate pilot that the system for Universal Credit functions

 

satisfactorily.’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Withdrawn  124

 

Schedule  6,  page  121,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

The Secretary of State shall commission a report about the implications of

 

Universal Credit for unemployment data, before he has fixed the appointed day.’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Withdrawn  119

 

Schedule  6,  page  122,  line  46,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  125

 

Schedule  6,  page  123,  line  2,  leave out from ‘award’ to end of line 3.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  120

 

Schedule  6,  page  123,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

any award made under this subsection shall be uprated at the same rate as

 

other universal credit awards.’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  121

 

Schedule  6,  page  123,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

Where the award for universal credit is set by virtue of subsection (3), these

 

arrangements will be maintained except in prescribed circumstances.’.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

Clauses 38 to 42 Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Chris Grayling

 

Agreed to  90

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  4,  after “Part” insert ‘by the Secretary of State or the

 

Welsh Ministers’

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Withdrawn  126

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Regulations made under the following parts shall be subject to the affirmative

 

procedure: section 9(2), section 10(3), section 11(4).’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  127

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Regulations made under the following parts shall be subject to the affirmative

 

procedure: section 5(1)(a) and section 5(2)(a).’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  128

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Regulations made under the following parts shall be subject to the affirmative

 

procedure: section 8(3).’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  129

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Regulations made under the following parts shall be subject to the affirmative

 

procedure: section 11(3).’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  130

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Regulations made under the following parts shall be subject to the affirmative

 

procedure: section 12.’.


 
 

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Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  131

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Regulations made under the following parts shall be subject to the affirmative

 

procedure: section 25, section 26, section 27, section 28, schedule 6(5).’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  132

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Regulations made under the following parts shall be subject to the affirmative

 

procedure: schedule 1(4).’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  133

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Regulations made under the following parts shall be subject to the affirmative

 

procedure: schedule 6(4)(3).’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  134

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Regulations made under the following parts shall be subject to the affirmative

 

procedure: Clause 19, subsections (2), (3) and (4).’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Not called  162

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Regulations made under section 11(5) shall be subject to the affirmative

 

resolution procedure.’.

 

Chris Grayling

 

Agreed to  91

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  23,  leave out subsection (6)

 

Chris Grayling

 

Agreed to  92

 

Clause  43,  page  20,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Regulations made by the Scottish Ministers under section 33 are subject to—


 
 

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(a)    

the affirmative procedure, if they contain provision amending or

 

repealing primary legislation, and

 

(b)    

the negative procedure, in any other case.’

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Anas Sarwar

 

Withdrawn  44

 

Clause  44,  page  21,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

A claimant shall not be invited to accept a claimant commitment by an

 

employment officer unless the employment officer has taken steps to ensure, and

 

is satisfied, that the claimant will have the necessary type and level of

 

personalised support, and access to localised support, to enable them to comply

 

with the claimant commitment and to obtain employment, or to undertake work

 

or work related activity.’.

 

Mr Liam Byrne

 

Stephen Timms

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

Margaret Curran

 

Withdrawn  135

 

Clause  44,  page  23,  line  30,  at end add ‘, who in the case of disabled claimants must

 

have access to sufficient skills and expertise to ensure that any requirements are

 

appropriate to the claimant’s circumstances.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Chris Grayling

 

Agreed to  93

 

Clause  45,  page  23,  line  33,  after ‘(1)(a)’ insert ‘and (1A)(a)’

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Kate Green

 

Withdrawn  85

 

Clause  46,  page  23,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

 

(a)    

Decision makers employed in Jobcentres and in private jobseeker

 

contractors shall take into account all relevant facts and circumstances

 

when considering the imposition of any sanction or penalty on a

 

claimant;

 

(b)    

The claimant shall provide the decision maker with a statement of

 

income, expenditure and debts;

 

(c)    

The decision maker may signpost the claimant who has debts to a

 

relevant adviser;


 
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