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Amendments to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill -
Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Amendments to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill to be moved in Committee in the House of Lords.

  
Before Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD NORTHBOURNE
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 
        ("  .  For section 1(1) of the Child Support Act 1991 there shall be substituted--
        (1)  For the purposes of this Act any person who is the mother or the father of a qualifying child is responsible insofar as they are able--
      (a)  to ensure that that child has the material support which it needs; and
      (b)  to provide or procure for that child the nurture, love, care, guidance and education which it needs.
        (1A)  In making provision for the nurture, love, care, guidance and education of the child both parents shall have regard to the principle that the best interests of the child are paramount.
        (1B)  The responsibilities of parents under subsection (1) have effect from the day the child is born till the day on which he attains the age of 18 years.
        (1C)  Except as otherwise provided by agreement in writing or by an enactment, parental responsibilities under subsection (1) are joint and several as between the father and the mother.
        (1D)  In fulfilling their responsibilities under subsection (1) parents shall be entitled to make use of such services and facilities as are provided by the state."")
The general duty.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  In section 3(2) of the Child Support Act 1991, at the end there shall be inserted--
    or if that parent is not contributing to the child's maintenance."")
Meaning of "absent parent".
  
Schedule 1
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 91, leave out lines 33 to 45 
  
Clause 3
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BYFORD
 
     Page 3, line 16, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  All such claims shall be accompanied by identification documentation as follows--
    (a)  a Department of Social Security smart card,
    (b)  a current driving license,
    (c)  a current United Kingdom passport, or
    (d)  a Department of Social Security payment book.")
 
  
Clause 4
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Page 4, line 40, leave out from beginning to end of line 2 on page 5 
  
After Clause 4
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The Secretary of State shall by regulations provide that, in determining the entitlement of a parent with care or his partner (if any) to income support or income-based jobseekers allowance, there shall be disregarded as income the first £15 of any maintenance paid each week to the parent with care.")Determination of benefit entitlement: maintenance disregard.
  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Page 6, line 14, at end insert ("provided always that no regular payments condition shall be imposed if the non-resident parent is unlikely to be able to make the payment in question") 
  
Schedule 2
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Page 93, line 33, at end insert ("and in reaching a decision whether the expenses in question constitute special expenses, the welfare of the child shall remain paramount") 
  
Clause 7
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Page 8, line 40, leave out ("prescribed") 
  
Clause 16
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 14, line 30, at end insert (", to buy his food, to take his children to school, or to attend medical treatment") 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Page 15, line 35, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Anyone deprived of a driving licence under this section shall be exempt from the Actively Seeking Work rules for the duration of the disqualification.")
 
  
Clause 18
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Page 18, line 45, leave out ("his absolute") and insert ("the reasonable exercise of his") 
  
Clause 19
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Page 20, line 29, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Such a date will be suspended for two years from the introduction of the child maintenance premium which enables families receiving benefits to keep some of the maintenance paid for their children.")
 
  
Before Clause 30
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
[In substitution for the amendment printed on sheet HL Bill 54(c)]
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 ("Age addition 
     For section 79 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 there shall be substituted--Age addition.
 Age addition.     79.--(1)  A person who is above the specified age and who is entitled to a retirement pension of any category shall be entitled to an increase of the pension, to be known as "age addition".
 
    (2)  Where a person is in receipt of a pension or allowance payable by the Secretary of State by virtue of any enactment or instrument (whether passed or made before or after this Act) and--
 
  
    (a)  he is above the specified age; and
 
  
    (b)  he fulfils such other conditions as may be prescribed,
 
 the shall be entitled to an increase of that pension or allowance, also known as age addition. 
     (3)  In this section "specified age" means an age specified by the Secretary of State in regulations.
 
    (4)  Age addition shall be payable for the life of the person entitled, at weekly rates to be determined by the Secretary of State in regulations.
 
    (5)  Regulations under this section may--
 
  
    (a)  specify one or more specified ages at which age addition shall be payable;
 
  
    (b)  provide for different rates of age addition to be payable for persons of different specified ages.".")
 
  
Clause 30
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 27, line 25, leave out ("six") and insert ("twelve") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BYFORD
 
     Page 27, line 27, at end insert--
    ("(  )  the pensioner has been issued with either a Department of Social Security Smart Card or a Department of Social Security payment book for the purposes of drawing down the pension entitlement.")
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 27, line 39, at end insert--
    ("(e)  the pensioner--
          (i)  did not have an earnings factor for the year equal to one greater than the qualifying earnings factor for the year; but
          (ii)  would have had such an earnings factor if he had earnings equal to the lower earnings limit in each week in which paragraph (b), (c) or (d) would have applied to him if the words "throughout the year" had been omitted.")
 
  
Schedule 4
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 102, line 9, at beginning insert ("Subject to paragraph 1A,") 
     Page 102, line 45, at end insert--
 
    ("1A.--(1)  In relation to any tax year falling within section 45(3A), a person who has accrued a right to additional pension before the first appointed year may elect that paragraph 1(1)(a) shall apply to him as if the amount referred to were double the actual amount.
 
    (2)  An election under sub-paragraph (1) may be made only if the person releases a right to additional pension which has accrued to him in respect of any year before the first appointed year.
 
    (3)  Regulations shall provide for the manner in which any person to whom this paragraph applies shall be notified of his rights under it, and how those rights may be exercised to produce maximum entitlement to additional pension.")
 
  
Clause 42
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 38, line 38, at end insert--
 
    ("(6B)  Whenever the arrangements provide for two or more member nominated trustees, at least one such trustee shall be selected by the acting members and at least one such trustee shall be selected by the pensioner members".")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
 
     Page 39, line 24, at end insert--
 
    ("(10)  The Secretary of State shall make regulations providing that all trustees should be required to have attended an approved training course explaining the role and responsibilities of trustees within six months of being either elected as a member-nominated trustee or appointed as a trustee by the scheme's sponsoring employer.
 
    (11)  These regulations shall also prescribe the content of such an approved training course.
 
    (12)  The failure of a trustee to attend such a course within six months of being either elected or appointed as a trustee shall nullify the trustee's election or appointment.")
 
  
Clause 43
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE EARL RUSSELL
 
     Page 40, line 5, at end insert--
 
    ("(6B)  Whenever the arrangements provide for two or more member-nominated directors, at least one such director shall be selected by the active members and at least one such trustee shall be selected by the pensioner members.")
 
  
Clause 64
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Page 70, line 12, at end insert ("subject to the provisions of section 83(2A) below") 
  
Clause 83
 
  
BY THE EARL RUSSELL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Page 87, line 23, at end insert--
 
    ("(2A)  But no order may be made to appoint a day for sections 61 to 64 to come into force nationwide until pilot studies have reported the conviction rate among those so disentitled to benefit, the means of subsistence available to those so disentitled and to their families, and the incidence of homelessness and serious illness among those so disentitled, and compared them with those of a control group not so disentitled; and when such information is available, an order appointing a day for those sections to come into force nationwide shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.")
 
 
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