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

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

 [Amendments marked * are new or have been altered] 
Amendment
No.
 
  
After Clause 19
 
  
BY THE BARONESS STRANGE
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
1     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  A widow in receipt of a widow's pension under any of the enactments mentioned in subsection (2) ("the DSS pension"), and in receipt of a pension paid under the Armed Forces Pension scheme shall on remarriage or when living together as husband and wife with a member of the opposite sex, only retain the Forces Family Pension (attributable).
 
    (2)  The enactments referred to in subsection (1) are--
    (a)  the Naval, Military and Air Forces etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Order 1983, and any order re-enacting the provisions of that order,
    (b)  the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1983, and any subsequent scheme made under the Personal Injuries (Emergency Provisions Act) 1939,
    (c)  any scheme made under the Pensions (Navy, Army, Air Force and Mercantile Marine) Act 1939 or the Polish Resettlement Act 1947 applying the provisions of any such order as is referred to in paragraph (a),
    (d)  the order made under section 1(5) of the Ulster Defence Regiment Act 1969 concerning pensions and other grants in respect of disablement or death due to service in the Ulster Defence Regiment.")
War pensions for widows.
  
BY THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
THE BARONESS CASTLE OF BLACKBURN
THE LORD STODDART OF SWINDON
 
2     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Section 150 of the Administration Act shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), after "prices" insert "or earnings".
 
    (3)  In subsection (2)--
    (a)  for "Where it appears to the Secretary of State that the general level of prices" substitute "Where it appears to the Secretary of State that the general level of prices or earnings", and
    (b)  in subsection (2)(a) after "beginning" insert "and, in the case of the first of the sums specified in section 44(4) of the Contributions and Benefits Act and the sum specified in column 3 of paragraph 5 of Part IV of Schedule 4 to the Contributions and Benefits Act, not less than the percentage by which the general level of earnings is greater at the end of the period than it was at the beginning".")
Uprating of benefits.
  
BY THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
THE BARONESS CASTLE OF BLACKBURN
 
3     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  In section 44(4) of the Contributions and Benefits Act, for "£66.75" there shall be substituted "£75".")Weekly rate of basic pension.
  
Before Clause 53
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
4     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The Verification Project under section 19 of the Social Security Administration (Fraud) Act 1997 shall not be applied to the partners of asylum-seekers.")Requirement to state national insurance number: partners of asylum-seekers.
  
Clause 55
 
  
BY THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
THE LORD HIGGINS
 
5     Page 60, line 26, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  At the conclusion of the two year period, the surviving spouse shall be entitled to an allowance, based on the contribution record of the deceased spouse (subject to the conditions in subsections (4) and (5) below), until he or she attains pensionable age or dies, whichever happens first.")
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
6     Page 61, line 32, at end insert--
 
    ("(3)  This section is subject to section 84(1A).")
 
  
Clause 57
 
  
BY THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
THE LORD HIGGINS
THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE BARONESS CASTLE OF BLACKBURN
 
7     Page 63, line 26, at end insert--
        ("(1A)  Regulations under this section may not impose any condition or requirement in respect of a person who--
      (a)  is in receipt of disability living allowance or attendance allowance;
      (b)  has caring commitments of 35 hours per week or more; or
      (c)  is in receipt of widow's and bereavement benefits falling within section 20(1)(e) and (ea) of the Contributions and Benefits Act (other than a bereavement payment);
    but may make provision for a person who falls within paragraph (a), (b) or (c) to be invited to take part in a work-focused interview on a voluntary basis.")
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD ADDINGTON
 
8     Page 64, line 25, at end insert--
      ("(g)  for carrying out a full review of the effects of the interviews and decisions connected with them on specific groups of claimants, to ensure equality of treatment and consistency of standards and to disseminate examples of good practice, such review to--
            (i)  include consideration of the effects on those with disabilities, black and ethnic minorities, and those whose first language is not English, and
            (ii)  include consultation with relevant bodies, to include the Disability Rights Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality and organisations of, or representing, people with mental health problems;
 
 
    and to take place not less than one year and not more than two years after the day on which this Act is passed.")
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
9     Page 67, line 41, at end insert--
 
    ("(2)  This section is subject to section 84(4A).")
 
  
Clause 61
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD ADDINGTON
 
10     Page 70, line 16, leave out from ("assessment") to end of line 20 and insert ("as an examination conducted by a medical doctor who shall adjudge whether the claimant is incapable of work;") 
  
Clause 62
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HOLLIS OF HEIGHAM
 
11     Page 71, line 37, leave out from ("to") to ("notwithstanding") in line 39 and insert ("incapacity benefit shall, in prescribed circumstances, be entitled to short-term incapacity benefit under subsection (1)(b) above") 
  
Clause 80
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HOLLIS OF HEIGHAM
 
12     Page 84, line 12, at end insert (", or under section 31(7B) of that Act if the marriage was dissolved by a decree granted in proceedings so begun") 
  
Clause 84
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
13     Page 85, line 11, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)   Section 55(2), so far as it relates to sections 39B and 39C(2) and (5) of the Contributions and Benefits Act, shall be brought into force by order of the Secretary of State at such time as average full-time female earnings shall have reached 90 per cent. of average full-time male earnings.")
 
14     Page 85, line 30, leave out ("57,") 
15     Page 85, line 38, at end insert--
 
    ("(4A)  Section 57 shall not come into force until the Secretary of State has properly evaluated pilot schemes on work-focused interviews and published the results of such evaluation.
 
    (4B)  The evaluation under subsection (4A) shall include an assessment of the experience of those disentitled whether they be--
    (a)  employed,
    (b)  in hospital,
    (c)  in prison, or
    (d)  unemployed,
information on whether they are disentitled to all or part of their benefits, and an assessment of the means of subsistence available to them and their resultant situation.")
 
  
Clause 85
 
  
BY THE LORD HIGGINS
THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE LORD ASTOR OF HEVER
 
16     Page 86, line 28, leave out from ("70") to end of line 
17     Page 87, line 11, leave out from ("71") to first ("and") in line 12 
  
Schedule 12
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HOLLIS OF HEIGHAM
 
18     Page 145, leave out lines 18 and 19 and insert--
 
    ("25.--(1) Section 155A is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1)(a)(i), after "retirement pension" there is inserted "or shared additional pension".
 
    (3)  In subsection (2), after "retirement pension" there is inserted ", a shared additional pension".")
 
19     Page 145, line 25, leave out from beginning to (", and") in line 28 and insert (" 24 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999;"") 
20     Page 147, line 16, after ("1973") insert (", section 12A of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985")1985 c. 37.
21     Page 155, line 37, at end insert ("the") 
22     Page 159, line 15, at end insert ("the") 
 
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