Michael Connarty

Former MP, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Linlithgow and East Falkirk Labour

Spending on Welfare Benefits

There have been votes in Parliament on the level of spending on welfare benefits. Specific matters voted on include a cap on the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year, the rate of increase of various benefits, and the operation of specific benefits.

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Michael Connarty generally voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about a reduction in spending on welfare benefits:

  • On 9 Nov 2010: Michael Connarty voted against reducing housing benefit for those who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for over a year. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Michael Connarty voted to call on the Government to keep the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Michael Connarty voted against the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Michael Connarty voted against introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and against restricting housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Michael Connarty voted against introducing Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and against restricting housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Michael Connarty was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — New Clause 2 — Childcare Element in Universal Credit Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Michael Connarty was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 5 — Exclusion of Up to Fifty Thousand Pounds in an ISA from Capital Used to Determine Universal Credit Eligibility Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2011: Michael Connarty was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Michael Connarty voted against moving from a national council tax benefit to a system of local councils administering council tax reductions for those in financial need. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Michael Connarty voted for those who have been ill or disabled since their youth to receive Employment and Support Allowance on the same basis as if they had made sufficient National Insurance contributions to qualify for a contribution based allowance. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Michael Connarty voted to increase the time people can receive contribution based ESA from one year to at least 730 days. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Michael Connarty voted to allow those with a cancer diagnosis or undergoing cancer treatment to continue to receive contribution based Employment and Support Allowance after the usual 365 day limit is reached. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Michael Connarty voted to exclude child benefit from the benefit cap. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Michael Connarty voted to set the lower rate of the Universal Credit payment in relation to disabled children and young people at a minimum of two-thirds of the higher rate. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Michael Connarty voted to require the housing cost element of universal credit to be sufficient to cover the actual cost of housing for social tenants in cases where no offer of alternative accommodation has been made and the household has no more than one spare bedroom. Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Michael Connarty voted to exclude people in specified circumstances from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2012: Michael Connarty voted against introducing under-occupation criteria applying to housing benefit for working age claimants in the social rented sector and not to set the rates of Local Housing Allowance which applies to private rented accommodation. Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2012: Michael Connarty voted against capping the total amount of welfare benefits an individual can claim from April 2013 at £350 for a single person and £500 for couple per week. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2013: Michael Connarty voted against capping proposed increases in working age benefits and tax credits at 1% potentially allowing them to rise by 2.2% in line with prices. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2013: Michael Connarty voted against capping any increase discretionary working age benefits and tax credits at 1% in 2014-15 and 2015-16 Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Michael Connarty was absent for a vote on Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Clause 1 — Rate of Increase of Certain Benefits, Payments and Tax Credits Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Michael Connarty was absent for a vote on Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Clauses 1 to 3 and Schedule — Capping Increase of Specified Benefits at 1% Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Michael Connarty was absent for a vote on Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Third Reading — Capping Increase of Specified Benefits at 1% Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Michael Connarty voted against a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Michael Connarty voted against reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Michael Connarty voted against a reduction in housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2014: Michael Connarty was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2014: Michael Connarty was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Halt Further Spending and Welfare Cuts and Investigation Impact of Austerity Measures Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Michael Connarty voted against the the March 2014 budget, against increasing the personal income tax allowance, against reducing corporation tax, against capping welfare spending, against reducing alcohol duties and more. Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2014: Michael Connarty voted against capping the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year. Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2015: Michael Connarty voted yes on Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update Show vote

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