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Amendments to the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill

Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill -
Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Amendments to the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill to be moved on Report in the House of Lords.

  
Clause 1
 
  
BY THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
 
     Page 1, line 12, leave out from ("trust") to end of line 13 
  
Clause 3
 
  
BY THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
 
     Page 4, line 26, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Regulations may prescribe that, when a designated scheme has been agreed, the employer and the employee members shall each have the obligation to make at least minimum payments into the scheme.")
 
  
After Clause 10
 
  
BY THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
      ("    .--In section 62 of the Pensions Act 1995, after subsection (3) there shall be inserted--
 
    "(3A)  An equal treatment rule has the effect that where--
    (a)  an unmarried partner is employed on like work with a married person in the same employment,
    (b)  an unmarried partner is employed on work rated as equivalent with that of a married person in the same employment, or
    (c)  an unmarried partner is employed on work which, not being work in relation to which paragraph (a) or (b) applies, is, in terms of the demands made (for instance under such headings as effort, skill and decision) of equal value to that of a married person in the same employment,
but (apart from the rule) should any of the terms referred to in subsection (2) become less favourable to the unmarried partner than to the married person, the terms shall be treated as so modified as not to be less favourable.
 
    (3B)  For the purposes of subsection (3A), an unmarried partner is a person who--
    (a)  is living with another person of the same sex or of the opposite sex in the same household; and
    (b)  has been living with that person in the same household for at least two years; and
    (c)  is living during the whole of that period as the husband or wife of that other person."")
Equal treatment rule.
  
After Clause 18
 
  
BY THE LORD MORRIS OF MANCHESTER
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 ("PART IIA 
 BENEFITS AND PENSIONS: DUTY OF SECRETARY OF STATE 
      (  .--(1)  When determining levels of social security benefits and pensions, the Secretary of State shall take into account the minimum level of income necessary to maintain good health and cover essential needs.
 
    (2)  In considering the minimum level of income in subsection (1) above, the Secretary of State shall take into consideration the need to--
    (a)  combat social exclusion,
    (b)  maintain satisfactory standards of child development, and
    (c)  ensure respect for human dignity.
    (3)  The Secretary of State shall commission annual independent research on the minimum level of income needed to maintain good health and cover essential needs in subsection (1) and shall publish the results of such research.
 
    (4)  The Secretary of State shall also have regard to the results of such research commissioned under subsection (3) above when setting levels of other benefits as may be prescribed.")
Secretary of State to have regard to necessary minimum level of income.
  
Schedule 3
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 96, leave out lines 16 to 20 
  
Schedule 4
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 98, leave out lines 41 to 45 
     Page 99, line 14, leave out sub-paragraph (5) 
  
Clause 25
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 28, line 29, leave out paragraph (b) 
     Page 28, line 46, leave out paragraph (c) 
     Page 29, line 1, leave out subsection (6) 
  
Clause 26
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 30, line 1, at beginning insert ("Subject to subsection (3A),") 
     Page 30, line 5, at beginning insert ("Subject to subsection (3A),") 
     Page 30, line 9, at end insert--
 
    ("(3A)  The Secretary of State may by regulations require that in specified circumstances the appropriate amount shall, instead of being calculated as provided by subsections (2) and (3), be calculated by some other specified method.")
 
  
Clause 51
 
  
BY THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
 
     Page 56, line 40, leave out ("for not more than 26 weeks") and insert ("based on the contribution record of the deceased spouse") 
     Page 56, leave out line 49 
     Page 57, leave out lines 1 to 3 
  
Clause 53
 
  
BY THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
 
     Page 59, leave out lines 38 to 40 
  
 
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