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Shaun Woodward

Former Labour MP for St Helens South and Whiston

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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Shaun Woodward 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 13 Jan 2015: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2014: Shaun Woodward voted to cap the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Shaun Woodward 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 11 Feb 2014: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Halt Further Spending and Welfare Cuts and Investigation Impact of Austerity Measures Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2014: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for those deemed to have excess bedrooms Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for Those Deemed to Have Excess Bedrooms Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Shaun Woodward voted against a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Shaun Woodward 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: Shaun Woodward 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: Shaun Woodward 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 8 Jan 2013: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Decline Second Reading — Capping Increase of Specified Benefits at 1% Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2013: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Second Reading — Capping Increase of Specified Benefits at 1% Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2012: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Draft Benefit Cap (Housing Benefit) Regulations 2012 — Individual Benefits Cap Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2012: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Draft Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 — Under Occupation Critera — Local Housing Allowance Rates Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 11 — Housing costs — Exemptions from Benefit Reductions Due to Excess Bedrooms Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Shaun Woodward 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: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 51 — Period of Entitlement to Contributory Employment and Support Allowance Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 51 — Employment and Support Allowance for Those With Cancer Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 93 — Exclusion of Child Benefit from Benefit Cap Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 10 — Universal Credit Payments In Relation to Disabled Children and Young People Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 11 — Housing costs Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Local Government Finance Bill — Clause 8 — Move from Council Tax Benefit to Council Tax Reduction Schemes Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2011: Shaun Woodward 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: Shaun Woodward voted to introduce a childcare element to Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Shaun Woodward 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 9 Mar 2011: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Shaun Woodward was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Shaun Woodward voted to call on the Government to keep the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Shaun Woodward voted against the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2010: Shaun Woodward voted against reducing housing benefit for those who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for over a year. Show vote

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