Liam Byrne

Labour MP for Birmingham, Hodge Hill

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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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Liam Byrne 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.

Key votes about a reduction in spending on welfare benefits:

  • On 18 May 2022: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Programme for Government — Workers' Rights — Cost of Living — Climate — Benefits — Windfall Tax — Devolution — Human Rights Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2022: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Draft Tax Credits, Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Regulations 2022 Show vote
  • On 7 Feb 2022: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Social Security and Pensions Show vote
  • On 24 Jan 2022: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Cost of Living Increases — Income — Poverty — Universal Credit — Energy Payment — Child Payments Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2022: Liam Byrne voted against balancing the national budget, against reducing public sector debt, against ensuring public sector investment does not exceed 3% of GDP, and against keeping spending on welfare under the cap set. Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2022: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Welfare Cap Show vote
  • On 21 Sep 2021: Liam Byrne voted against rising prices, lower benefits, and higher taxes particularly for low and middle income workers. Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2021: Liam Byrne voted in favour of continuing paying an additional twenty pounds a week to those on Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit beyond April 2021; the additional sum had been introduced for one year in April 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2021: Liam Byrne voted for a new partnership between an active state and enterprising business, to continue a COVID-19 related uplift in Universal Credit, to reverse the public sector worker pay freeze, for extra funding for councils to prevent council tax rises, and to establish a "British Recovery Bond" to enable people to invest via a scheme providing loans to new businesses. Show vote
  • On 18 Jan 2021: Liam Byrne voted in favour of continuing paying an additional twenty pounds a week to those on Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit beyond April 2021; the additional sum had been introduced for one year in April 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Show vote
  • On 16 Nov 2016: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Housing Benefit Cuts — Supported Housing Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Charter for Budget Responsibility — Reducing Public Borrowing — Cap on Welfare Spending Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2016: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne voted against repealing the Human Rights Act 1998; for plans to save the steel industry including fast-tracking infrastructure projects requiring large amounts of steel; and for a principle of the Government not borrowing to fund day-to-day spending. Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 13 — Employment and Support Allowance: Work-Related Activity Component Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2016: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Application of Housing Benefit Cuts to Supported Housing Show vote
  • On 6 Jan 2016: Liam Byrne voted against cutting universal credit benefits for many people in paid work Show vote
  • On 18 Nov 2015: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne voted against reducing the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Liam Byrne voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne voted against an impending reduction in the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Liam Byrne voted against reducing public borrowing and against capping welfare spending. Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2015: Liam Byrne voted against reducing the amounts people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Liam Byrne 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 Jul 2015: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Spending Cuts, Welfare Changes and Trident Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2015: Liam Byrne voted yes on Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2014: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Welfare Cap — Charter for Budget Responsibility Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Liam Byrne voted against reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Liam Byrne voted against a reduction in housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2013: Liam Byrne voted against a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne voted to exclude people in specified circumstances from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne voted to exclude child benefit from the benefit cap. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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 31 Jan 2012: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne voted to introduce a childcare element to Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Liam Byrne voted to call on the Government to keep the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Liam Byrne voted against the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2010: Liam Byrne voted against reducing housing benefit for those who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for over a year. Show vote

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