Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element — 27 Oct 2015 at 18:00
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted to remove the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit.
The majority of MPs voted to remove the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. The impact of this would be a benefit cut of £123.62 per month for those falling between the thresholds of "limited capability for work" and "limited capability for work and work-related activity". The changes would apply to new claims only.
MPs were considering the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 20, page 14, line 39, leave out Clause 14
Clause 14 was titled Universal credit: limited capability for work element and stated:
- In section 12(2) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (universal credit: particular needs or circumstances), omit paragraph (a).
The sub-clause (a) in question listed "the fact that a claimant has limited capability for work" as a factor which may be used in the calculation of an award of universal credit.
The amount of the limited capability for work was, at the time of the vote, set via Regulation 36 of the The Universal Credit Regulations 2013 at £123.62 per month.
Together with the removal of the "work-related activity component" from the Employment and Support Allowance the changes are expected to reduce Government spending by £640m per year in 2020/21.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill
-  Clause 14 of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill as at the time of the vote
-  Impact assessment of removal of the the ESA Work Related Activity Component and the Universal Credit Limited Capability for Work Element for new claims
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||315 (+2 tell)||0||0||96.1%|
|Lab||0||210 (+2 tell)||0||91.8%|