On 24th and 26th February 2014, a number of Bishops took part in votes on amendments to the Government’s Pensions Bill, during its Report Stage.
Labour Peer Baroness Hollis of Heigham moved amendment 1, in clause 2, page 2, line 7, at end to insert:
“( ) Regulations may provide for circumstances in which a person may opt to have a year treated as a qualifying year if by aggregating income from two or more jobs, that person’s earnings are equal to or greater than the lower earnings level for that year.”
The Bishop of Wakefield voted ‘content’. No bishop voted ‘not content’.
There were Contents: 215 / Not Contents: 210. Result: Government Defeat
Labour Peer Baroness Hollis of Heigham moved amendment 2, in clause 2, page 2, line 13, at end to insert:
“( ) A person is not entitled to bereavement support payment and is exempt from work conditionality as specified in section 30(1A), if he or she has reached pensionable age.”
The Bishops of Derby and Wakefield voted ‘content’. No bishop voted ‘not content’.
There were: Contents: 202 / Not Contents: 237. Result: Government Win
Amendment 23 (26th February)
The division took place on Labour Peer Baroness Sherlock’s amendment to the Bill, which dealt with transparency in private pension schemes.
The Bishop of Leicester voted ‘content’ on the amendment and the Bishop of Lichfield voted ‘not content.’
There were: Contents: 201 | Not Contents: 251. Result: Government Win