Report (2nd Day) (Continued)

Part of Welfare Reform and Work Bill – in the House of Lords at 8:58 pm on 27th January 2016.

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Amendment 46B not moved.

Amendment 46C

Moved by Baroness Manzoor

46C: After Clause 15, insert the following new Clause—

“Application of sanctions and disallowances to Jobseeker’s Allowance

(1) The Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations 1996 are amended as follows.

(2) After regulation 22 insert—

0“Treatment of people found not to be actively seeking employment or available for employment

22A. The Secretary of State shall, by regulations, provide that the payment of housing benefit to a person in receipt of a jobseeker’s allowance shall not cease solely because that person’s award of a jobseeker’s allowance is reduced in accordance with regulations made under section 19B of the Jobseekers Act 1995 (claimants ceasing to be available for employment etc), including for a period during which the claimant ceased to be entitled to a jobseeker’s allowance by failing to comply with the condition in section 1(2)(a) or (c) of the Jobseekers Act 1995 (availability for employment and actively seeking employment), without other due cause.”

(3) In regulation 69B, omit paragraph (7).

(4) In regulation 70—

(a) for paragraph (1)(a) substitute—

“(a) in any benefit week, 100% of the allowance payable to the claimant, minus the sum of 10 pence; or”;

(b) in sub-paragraph (1)(b)(i), omit from “100%” to the first “couple” and insert “in any benefit week, 100% of the allowance payable to the couple, minus the sum of 10 pence”; and

(c) after paragraph (3) insert—

“(4) The amount referred to in paragraph (3) may not reduce, in any benefit week, the amount of a jobseeker’s allowance payable to the claimant to less than the sum of 10 pence.””