Michael Weir

Former Scottish National Party MP for Angus

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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 Weir 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.

Key votes about a reduction in spending on welfare benefits:

  • On 16 Nov 2016: Michael Weir voted against reductions to the work allowance element of universal credit and reductions to employment and support allowance and in favour of analysing how changes impact those in different incomes. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Michael Weir voted not to cut housing benefit for recipients in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Michael Weir voted against reducing public borrowing and against capping welfare spending. Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2016: Michael Weir voted against reductions in benefits for disabled and ill claimants required to participate in activities intended to increase their chances of obtaining work. Show vote
  • On 26 May 2016: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Human Rights — Steel Industry — Budget Setting Principle Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Michael Weir voted to make the removal of the work-related activity component from employment and support allowance conditional on an impact assessment and to require Parliament to approve details of implementing the change. Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Michael Weir voted to make the removal of the limited capability for work element of universal credit conditional on an impact assessment and to require Parliament to approve details of implementing the change. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Michael Weir voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Michael Weir voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2016: Michael Weir voted against planned housing benefit cuts applying to those in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 6 Jan 2016: Michael Weir voted against cutting universal credit benefits for many people in paid work Show vote
  • On 18 Nov 2015: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — The Economy — Tax Credits — Investment in Science, Technology and Green Jobs Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Michael Weir voted against reducing the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Michael Weir voted for a transitional scheme to protect those currently receiving tax credits as reductions in the amounts paid are brought in. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Michael Weir voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Michael Weir voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Michael Weir voted against reducing the household benefit cap, against freezing the rate of many working-age benefits, against reducing social rents in England and against other changes to the benefits system. Show vote
  • On 20 Oct 2015: Michael Weir voted against an impending reduction in the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Michael Weir voted against reducing public borrowing and against capping welfare spending. Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2015: Michael Weir voted against reducing the amounts people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Michael Weir voted against reducing the household benefit cap, against freezing the rate of many working-age benefits, against reducing social rents in England and against other changes to the benefits system. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Michael Weir voted against the Summer 2015 budget which, among other measures, increased the minimum wage, replaced student maintenance grants with loans and cut tax credits. Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2015: Michael Weir voted against proposed spending cuts and changes to the welfare system and against spending on new nuclear weapons. Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2015: Michael Weir voted no on Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2014: Michael Weir voted against capping the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Michael Weir 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: Michael Weir voted to halt further spending and welfare cuts and to investigate the impact of austerity measures on the incidence of poverty and inequality. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2014: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Michael Weir voted against reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Michael Weir voted against a reduction in housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Michael Weir voted against a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Michael Weir 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: Michael Weir 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: Michael Weir 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: Michael Weir 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 Weir voted against capping any increase discretionary working age benefits and tax credits at 1% in 2014-15 and 2015-16 Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2012: Michael Weir 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 24 Oct 2012: Michael Weir 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 Feb 2012: Michael Weir 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: Michael Weir 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: Michael Weir 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: Michael Weir 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: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 93 — Exclusion of Child Benefit from Benefit Cap Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Michael Weir 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: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 11 — Housing costs Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Michael Weir 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: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — New Clause 2 — Childcare Element in Universal Credit Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Michael Weir 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 9 Mar 2011: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Education Maintenance Allowance Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Michael Weir was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Education Maintenance Allowance Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2010: Michael Weir voted against reducing housing benefit for those who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for over a year. Show vote

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