Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Removal of Limited Capability for Work Component from Universal Credit — Impact Assessment and Parliamentary Approval of Implementation — 2 Mar 2016 at 19:04
The majority of MPs voted against making the removal of the limited capability for work element of universal credit conditional on an impact assessment and against requiring Parliament to approve details of implementing the change.
MPs were considering the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs taking part in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendments 9B and 9C.
Lords' amendment 9B stated:
- Page 14, line 27, at end insert—
- “(2) This section shall not come into force until the Secretary of State has laid before both Houses of Parliament a report giving his or her estimate of the impact of the provision in this section on the—
- (a) physical and mental health,
- (b) financial situation, and
- (c) ability to return to work, of persons who would otherwise be entitled to start claiming the limited capability for work element of universal credit.
- (3) Regulations bringing this section into force shall not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.”
Had it not been rejected this amendment would have added the above text to Clause 14 of the Bill titled Universal credit: work-related requirements The clause provided for the removal of section 12(2) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 which provided for the "limited capability for work" and "regular and substantial caring responsibilities for a severely disabled person" elements of Universal Credit. The component is paid at a rate of £29.05 per week. 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.
Lords amendment 9C stated:
- Page 28, line 2, at end insert “and subject to section 14(2) and (3)”
This would have impacted Clause 31 of the Bill, adding the text to subsection (6) which stated:
- The remaining provisions of this Act come into force on such day or days as the Secretary of State may by regulations appoint.
The rejected addition would have enabled amendment 9B to take effect.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill
-  Lords amendments to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, 1 March 2016
-  Clause 14 of the version of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to which the amendment applied
-  Impact assessment of removal of the the ESA Work Related Activity Component and the Universal Credit Limited Capability for Work Element for new claims
-  Clause 31 of the version of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to which the amendment applied
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||309 (+2 tell)||3||0||95.2%|
|Lab||0||204 (+2 tell)||0||89.2%|
|Heidi Allen||South Cambridgeshire||Con (front bench)||no|
|Jason McCartney||Colne Valley||Con (front bench)||no|