Mark Simmonds

Former Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness

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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Mark Simmonds generally voted for 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: Mark Simmonds voted yes on Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2014: Mark Simmonds voted to cap the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Mark Simmonds voted to approve the March 2014 budget, increasing the personal income tax allowance, reducing corporation tax, capping welfare spending, reducing alcohol duties and more. Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2014: Mark Simmonds voted not to halt further spending and welfare cuts and not to investigate the impact of austerity measures on the incidence of poverty and inequality. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2014: Mark Simmonds voted not to restrict the entitlement of non-UK citizens from the European Union and the European Economic Area to UK taxpayer-funded benefits. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Mark Simmonds was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for those deemed to have excess bedrooms Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Mark Simmonds was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for Those Deemed to Have Excess Bedrooms Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Mark Simmonds was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit (Under-occupancy Penalty) Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Mark Simmonds voted to set 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: Mark Simmonds voted to cap any increase in specified benefits payments and tax credits at 1% rather allow them to be increased by 2.2% in line with prices. Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Mark Simmonds voted to cap any increase in specified benefits payments and tax credits at 1% rather than allow them to increase by 2.2% in line with prices. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2013: Mark Simmonds 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: Mark Simmonds 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: Mark Simmonds was absent for a vote on Draft Benefit Cap (Housing Benefit) Regulations 2012 — Individual Benefits Cap Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2012: Mark Simmonds 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: Mark Simmonds voted not to add proposed exclusions from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Mark Simmonds voted against those who have been ill or disabled since their youth recieving 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: Mark Simmonds voted not to increase the time people can receive contribution based ESA from one year to at least 730 days. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Mark Simmonds voted not to make an exception for those with a cancer diagnosis or undergoing cancer treatment from the 365 day limit on receiving contribution based Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Mark Simmonds voted not to exclude child benefit from the benefit cap. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Mark Simmonds voted not 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: Mark Simmonds voted not to require the housing cost element of universal credit 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 31 Jan 2012: Mark Simmonds voted to move from a national council tax benefit to a system of local councils administering council tax reductions for those in financial need. Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2011: Mark Simmonds voted to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Mark Simmonds voted against introducing a childcare element to Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Mark Simmonds voted against a proposal 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: Mark Simmonds voted to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Mark Simmonds voted to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Mark Simmonds voted in favour of scrapping the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Mark Simmonds voted to support the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2010: Mark Simmonds voted in support of government plans to reduce housing benefit for those who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for over a year. Show vote

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