Jim Murphy

Former MP, East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire 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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Jim Murphy almost always 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: Jim Murphy voted against reducing housing benefit for those who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for over a year. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Jim Murphy voted to call on the Government to keep the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Jim Murphy voted against the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Jim Murphy voted to introduce a childcare element to Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Jim Murphy voted to exclude up to fifty thousand pounds in an ISA from the assessment of capital used to determine if someone in work is eligible for Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2011: Jim Murphy 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 31 Jan 2012: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 51 — Employment and Support Allowance for Those Ill or Disabled Since Their Youth Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy voted to exclude child benefit from the benefit cap. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy was absent for a vote on Draft Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 — Under Occupation Critera — Local Housing Allowance Rates Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2012: Jim Murphy was absent for a vote on Draft Benefit Cap (Housing Benefit) Regulations 2012 — Individual Benefits Cap Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2013: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy voted against setting the rate of increase of certain benefits, payments and tax credits at 1% rather than in line with prices at 2.2% for 2014 and 2015 Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Jim Murphy voted not to cap specified benefits payments and tax credits at 1% potentially allowing them to increase by 2.2% in line with prices. Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Jim Murphy voted not to cap any increase in specified benefits payments and tax credits at 1% given an increase in prices of 2.2%. Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Jim Murphy voted against a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Jim Murphy was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for those deemed to have excess bedrooms Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Jim Murphy was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for Those Deemed to Have Excess Bedrooms Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2014: Jim Murphy was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2014: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy 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: Jim Murphy voted to cap the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year. Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2015: Jim Murphy was absent for a vote on Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update Show vote

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