Benefit Cuts for Disabled and Ill People Required to Participate in Activities Intended to Increase Their Chances of Obtaining Work — 8 Jun 2016 at 18:47
The majority of MPs voted for reductions in benefits for disabled and ill claimants required to participate in activities intended to increase their chances of obtaining work.
The motion rejected by the majority of MPs taking part in this vote was:
- That this House
- regrets the Government's lack of progress towards halving the disability employment gap;
- further regrets that the Government has not yet published its White Paper on improving support for disabled people;
- notes with concern that commitments made in the Autumn Statement 2015 to help more disabled people through Access to Work and expanding Fit for Work have not materialised;
- further notes that the Government is reducing funding for specialist support for claimants with health conditions and disabilities through the Work and Health Programme; and
- calls on the Government to reverse cuts to the work-related activity component of Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit work allowances that risk widening the disability employment gap.
The work-related activity component of Employment and Support Allowance, and the corresponding element of Universal Credit, was paid to those placed in the "Work-Related Activity Group" following a "Work Capability Assessment". Work-related activity is defined as "activity which makes it more likely that the person will obtain or remain in work or be able to do so" and can include setting job goals and training to improve skills.
The Welfare Reform and Work Bill had provided for the removal of additional payments for those in the "Work-Related Activity Group". The impact of the proposals had been discussed in media coverage.
-  Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Gov.UK
-  Section 2D(9)(d) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992
-  Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Third Reading Vote, 27 Oct 2015 at 19:00
-  Charities urge ministers to drop planned cuts to work support allowance, Guardian, Tuesday 27 October 2015
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 (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||262 (+2 tell)||0||0||80.0%|
|Lab||0||155 (+2 tell)||0||68.0%|