Scotland Bill — Clause 24 — Power of Scottish Ministers to Change Regulations on Benefits in Respect of Rent — 30 Jun 2015 at 16:45

The majority of MPs voted to require the agreement of the Secretary of State before Scottish Ministers can change regulations relating to benefit payments in respect of rent.

MPs were considering the Scotland Bill[1]

The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • Amendment 118, page 26, line 20, leave out from “unless” to end of line 25 and insert
  • “they have consulted the Secretary of State”

An explanatory note accompanying the amendment stated:

  • This amendment would remove the requirement for the Scottish Government to obtain consent from a UK Secretary of State in relation to Universal Credit and the costs of claimants who rent accommodation.

Clause 24 relates to benefit payments via the universal credit system in respect of rent. The subclause which would have been impacted by the rejected amendment stated:

  • The Scottish Ministers may not exercise the function of making regulations to which this section applies unless—
  • (a) they have consulted the Secretary of State about the practicability of implementing the regulations, and
  • (b) the Secretary of State has given his or her agreement as to when any change made by the regulations is to start to have effect, such agreement not to be unreasonably withheld.

The rejected amendment would have made the condition merely consulting the Secretary of State rather than requiring the agreement of the Secretary of State.


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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

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PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con313 (+2 tell) 0095.5%
Lab0 199085.8%
LDem0 5062.5%
PC0 0 (+2 tell)066.7%
SDLP0 2066.7%
SNP0 55098.2%
Total:313 261091.5%

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