The Welfare Reform Bill passed through the House of Lords at the end of January 2012. The Government was defeated on 7 counts and the following amendments were made-
Benefit cap– exclude child benefit from the Cap. The Cap is due for introduction in April 2013 and will be set at the average household working salary.
Employment and Support Allowance( C)- Extending it to 24 months, exempting cancer patients and keeping ESA (in youth). The Bill had previously proposed a reduction to 12 months.
Charges for Child Support- exempt some single parents from being charged between £50 and £100 upfront to use the Child Support Agency.
Universal Credit– social tenant spare room(s) penalty only to apply to those with 2 or more spare bedrooms.
PIP- lower rate shall be no less than two-thirds of the higher rate.
The House of Commons will now decide which amendments, if any, it will ke
The government has announced the following concessions-
PIP- there will be a 3 month qualifying period and the health condition or disability must be expected to last for a further 9 months.
PIP– people in care homes will be entitled to the mobility component so long as they satisfy the qualifying conditions.
PIP– two independent reports will be now be conducted into the working of PIP; at two years and four years after it starts