Minutes of Proceedings
Date: 17 October 2012
Venue: Room 144, Parliament Buildings
The meeting began in public session at 10:11am.
Apologies were as indicated above.
2. Chairperson’s Business
The Chairperson advised Members that tomorrow’s meeting will begin in closed session to receive procedural advice on Standing Order 35
Mr Sammy Douglas joined the meeting at 10.12am
3. Welfare Reform Bill – Departmental Briefing
The following officials from the Department joined the meeting at 10.13am
Ms Anne McCleary;
Mr Michael Pollock;
Mr Mickey Kelly; and
Ms Jane Corderoy
Mr Mark H Durkan and Mr Michael Copeland joined the meeting at 10.16am
The officials briefed the Committee on Clauses 76 - 94 of the Bill.
Mr David McClarty joined the meeting at 10.41am
The Committee agreed to return to Clauses 107 – 115 which were deferred from the previous meeting.
Mr Mickey Kelly left the meeting at 11.30am.
The Departmental official, Mr Conrad McConnell joined the meeting at 11.30am.
The officials briefed the Committee on Clauses 107-115 of the Bill.
Mr Conrad McConnell left the meeting at 11.55am
The Chairperson suspended the meeting at 11.55am.
The Committee reconvened at 12.33pm.
The Departmental official, Mr Maurice Byrne joined the meeting at 12.33pm
The officials briefed the Committee on Clauses 121-133 of the Bill.
The briefing was recorded by Hansard.
The Chairperson thanked the officials for their attendance.
The officials left the meeting at 13.10pm.
Agreed: The Committee agreed for the Department to respond to the following questions at later date:
Confirmation on whether Disability Working Allowance will exist in the benefit system.
Clarification on whether claimants in Supported Housing will receive the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment.
Clarification on whether a claimant who has been admitted to hospital has to have run-on period of 28 days after they leave hospital for their DLA award to continue.
Clarification on whether the period you can be hospital for and still receive your DLA been reduced to 28 days.
Confirmation on whether the NI Housing Executive can prosecute all tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit who commit fraud.
Clarification on whether the regulations will address the issue of when claimant is released from prison and returns to the family household. Will this result in a change of circumstances and a fresh claim having to be made.
Clarification on whether payment in kind will be included in the regulations.
Clarification on the maximum amount of allowed to be taken from a non-resident parent.
Confirmation on whether the Secretary of State has the power, under the Social Security Administration Act, to overrule a decision by the Assembly relating to the provisions of the Bill.
The Department are asked to provide examples of reciprocal arrangements here.
A Member asked how the Department arrived at the figures relating to the estimated net effect of the Bill on benefit expenditure and asked for sight of a formula if one was used.
4. Any Other Business
There was no other business
5. Date, time and place of next meeting
The next meeting will take place at 10:00am on Thursday 18 October 2012 in Room 29 Parliament Buildings.
The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 13.11pm.
Mr Alex Maskey
Chairperson, Committee for Social Development.
25 October 2012