Tag Archive for Welfare Reform Bill

The Financial Privilege Amendment

Baroness Murphy

Yesterday afternoon in the Commons, just before the debate on the Lords’ Amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill, the Speaker announced  “I must draw the House’s attention to the fact that financial privilege is involved in a substantial number of Lords amendments. If the House agrees to these amendments, I shall ensure that the appropriate entry…

The Benefit Cap and Child Support

Baroness Murphy

No-one who has been reading this blog for a while will be surprised that I voted with the Government on the Benefit Cap last Monday night and also for the Changes to the Child Support Agency on Wednesday. There is however a good case for compromise on the benefit cap in one respect. The cap is…

Government defeats

Lord Norton

The Government has suffered two defeats this week on the Welfare Reform Bill, both attracting considerable media attention.  The fact of defeat is, as I have previously noted, not particularly unusual.   These two defeats, though, are noteworthy, the first for the fact that it was Liberal Democrat votes that accounted for it.  The Government is…

Welfare Reform Again

Baroness Murphy

Lord Norton has referred to the Welfare Reform Bill defeats in the Lords, which I’ve been giving some considerable thought to. I voted with the Government against the amendment by Baroness Meacher to continue ESA for young disabled people who have resources of their own to support them and have not contributed to what is…

Interesting times

Lord Norton

The House returned on Tuesday and it has proved already an interesting week.  Both Houses had the statement on the constitutional position of Scotland, accompanied by a consultation paper on a referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom.  There was notable cross-party unity on the subject.  That was Tuesday.  Then yesterday, we had…