Welfare Reform Bill Notice of Amendments tabled on 10 April 2013 for Consideration Stage

Clause 4, Page 3, Line 5

At end insert -

‘(8) Regulations shall provide, in circumstances where one member of a couple does not accept a claimant commitment within a prescribed period, for the claim to proceed as a claim by the other member of the couple, as a single person.’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

New Clause

After clause 12 insert -

‘Frequency of payment

Frequency of payment

12A. Universal credit shall be paid twice monthly unless a single claimant or the members of a couple jointly opt, in making a claim, to be paid on a monthly basis.’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

 

Clause 16, Page 7, Line 41

At end insert -

‘(5A) Any person carrying out an assessment under subsection (5), must take account of relevant medical evidence.’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

Clause 38, Page 17, Line 29

At end insert -

‘and any such assessment must take account of relevant medical evidence’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

Clause 69, Page 56, Line 31

At end insert -

‘(6) Regulations shall specify circumstances in which the number of bedrooms is to be disregarded for the purposes of determining AMHB and shall address in particular—

(a) requirements associated with the care of a child who has a disability;

(b) the needs of any member of the household who is in receipt of PIP;

(c) the duties of a claimant registered as a foster carer; and

(d) the accommodation of a member of the household serving in the armed forces.’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

Clause 69, Page 56, Line 31

At end insert -

‘(7) Until 1st July 2016, regulations made under subsection (4) or (5) relating to the calculation of AMHB based on consideration of the number of bedrooms in the claimant’s residence, shall not apply to tenancy agreements made before this section comes into operation.’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

Clause 69, Page 56, Line 32

Leave out from 172(2) to the end of line 34 and insert -

‘172 of the Contributions and Benefits Act (Assembly control of regulations and orders)—

(a) in subsection (4), after ‘other than’ insert “regulations under section 129A (4) or (5) and”;

(b) after subsection (4A), insert “(4AA) Regulations under section 129A (4) and (5) shall not be made unless a draft of the regulations has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, the Assembly.”.’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

Clause 79, Page 60, Line 27

At end insert -

‘(2A) Any person determining a question mentioned in subsection (1) or (2), must take account of relevant medical evidence.’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

Clause 99, Page 68, Line 23

Leave out from ‘whichever’ to the end of line 24 and insert -

‘each person based on their respective entitlement as calculated under section 8, unless the claimants jointly elect that payment be made to one of them, or’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

Clause 99, Page 68, Line 26

At end insert -

‘(2C) The first regulations under subsection (2B) shall be made within 3 months of that subsection coming into operation.’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

Clause 103, Page 71, Line 29

Leave out paragraph (c)

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

Clause 103, Page 72, Line 40

Leave out from line 40 on page 72 to line 3 on page 73

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

New Clause

Page 90, after line 23 insert -

‘Duty to ensure access to advice

Duty to ensure access to advice

120A. It is the duty of the Department to ensure that all claimants have access to independent advice in relation to making a claim under this Act.’

Mr Michael Copeland
Mr Robin Swann

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