On 29th February 2016 the House of Lords considered amendments at Report Stage to the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill. Lord Low of Dalston moved an amendment to the Bill to require a delay in implementation of changes to the work related activity component for those on Employment Support Allowance, until a report had been laid before Parliament. A vote was taken on the amendment, in which the Bishop of Durham, Rt Revd Paul Butler, took part.
Lord Low moved amendment B1, as an amendment to Motion B, at end to insert “but do propose Amendments 8B and 8C in lieu:
In clause 31, page 14, line 24, at end insert:
“(8) Subsections (2) and (3) shall not come into force until the Secretary of State has laid before both Houses of Parliament a report giving his or her estimate of the impact of the provisions in those subsections on the:
(a) physical and mental health,
(b) financial situation, and
(c) ability to return to work, of persons who would otherwise be entitled to start claiming the work related activity component of employment and support allowance.
(9) Regulations bringing subsections (2) and (3) into force shall not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.”
In clause 31, page 28, line 2, at end to insert “, subject to section 13(8) and (9)”.
The House divided: Contents: 286 | Not Contents: 219 | Result: Government Defeat
The Bishop of Durham voted ‘Content’.