Welfare Reform Bill: Report stage day six update

26 January 2012

Members of the House of Lords voted with a majority against government proposals to charge single parents to use the Child Support Agency in the last division (vote) of report stage.

Lord Mackay of Clashfern (Conservative) made an amendment to block government proposals to charge single parents for using the Child Support Agency (Amendment 62C). Members of the House voted 270 to 128, a majority of 142.

Baroness Lister of Burtersett (Labour) suggested Amendment 62BJA to include a new clause about sharing information in relation to the social fund. This was the first division last night and resulted with a government win. Members of the House voted 256 to 216 against the amendment.  

Day six completes the report stage of the Welfare Reform Bill. The bill will now move to third reading on Tuesday 31 January.

At third reading Members of the Lords may clarify and make further previously undiscussed amendments before sending it back to the House of Commons.

Catch up on day five (23 January)

Amendment 59 moved by the Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to exclude child benefits from the benefit cap was won with 252 votes to 237.

Amendment 58D moved by Lord McKenzie of Luton (Labour) to exclude vulnerable people from the cap on benefits was lost by 222 votes to 250.

Catch up on day four (17 January)

Members of the Lords voted 229 to 213, with a government majority of 16, to reject Baroness Grey-Thompson's (Crossbench) amendment proposing a pilot of the new disability payments scheme during the latest round of detailed examination of the Welfare Reform Bill on 17 January.

Lord Freud acknowledged Lord Rix's (Crossbench) amendment for more independent reviews: 'Our revised proposal is that we legislate for two biennial independent reviews within the first four years of the implementation of PIP.'

Catch up on day three (Wednesday 11 January)

The Lords rejected proposals by the government on day three Wednesday 11 January and voted to protect cancer patients and disabled people from restrictions on employment support allowance (ESA).

The Lords made three amendments: to extend the proposed one year limit for claiming ESA to a minimum two-year limit; to exempt people receiving cancer treatment from the time limit on receiving ESA.

Catch up on day two (Wednesday 14 December 2011)

The Welfare Reform Bill completed its second day of report stage on Wednesday 14 December. The Lords successfully challenged the housing costs set by the Government with amendments made by Lord Best and backed by organisations like the national Housing Federation and Shelter.

Catch up on day one (Monday 12 December 2011)

The first day of report stage was completed on Monday 12 December.

Welfare Reform Bill: Key areas

  • The bill introduces Personal Independence Payments to replace the current Disability Living Allowance.
  • It restricts Housing Benefit entitlement for social housing tenants whose accommodation is larger than needed.
  • It will up-rate Local Housing Allowance rates by the Consumer Price Index.
  • It amends the forthcoming statutory child maintenance scheme.
  • Payment of contributory Employment and Support Allowance is limited to a 12-month period.
  • The total amount of benefit that can be claimed will be capped.

Catch up on the Welfare Reform Bill

What is the report stage?

Report stage in the Chamber gives all Members of the Lords further opportunity to consider all amendments (proposals for change) to a bill. It usually starts at least 14 days after committee stage. It can be spread over several days (but usually fewer days than at committee stage).

Before report stage takes place

  • The day before report stage starts, amendments are published in a Marshalled List – in which all the amendments are placed in order.
  • On the day, amendments on related subjects are grouped together and a list (“groupings of amendments”) is published.

What happens at report stage?

  • Detailed line by line examination of the bill continues.
  • Votes can take place and any Member can take part.

After report stage - third reading

  • If the bill is amended it is reprinted to include all the agreed amendments.
  • The bill moves to third reading for the final chance for the Lords to debate and amend the bill.
  • More about third reading.

Further information

Detailed line by line examination of the separate parts (clauses and schedules) of a bill takes place during report stage.

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