Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element — 23 Feb 2016 at 17:36
The majority of MPs voted to remove the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit.
MPs were considering the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.
Lords amendment 9 was rejected in this vote, it stated:
- Leave out Clause 14
Clause 14 of the Bill 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.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 9
-  Parliament's webpage on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill
-  Lords amendments to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill
-  Clause 14 of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill
-  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 is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
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||304 (+2 tell)||2||0||93.3%|
|Lab||0||203 (+2 tell)||0||88.7%|
|Jason McCartney||Colne Valley||Con (front bench)||no|