Mark Williams

Former Liberal Democrat MP for Ceredigion

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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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Mark Williams voted a mixture of for and 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: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams was absent for a vote on Housing Benefit Cuts — Supported Housing Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Mark Williams was absent for a vote on Charter for Budget Responsibility — Reducing Public Borrowing — Cap on Welfare Spending Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2016: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Mark Williams voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2016: Mark Williams voted against planned housing benefit cuts applying to those in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 6 Jan 2016: Mark Williams voted against cutting universal credit benefits for many people in paid work Show vote
  • On 18 Nov 2015: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams voted against reducing the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Mark Williams was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams voted against an impending reduction in the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Mark Williams voted against reducing public borrowing and against capping welfare spending. Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2015: Mark Williams voted against reducing the amounts people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams 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 4 Jun 2015: Mark Williams was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Spending Cuts, Welfare Changes and Trident Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2015: Mark Williams voted yes on Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2014: Mark Williams voted to cap the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year. Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Mark Williams 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 Williams 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 Williams was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Mark Williams 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 Williams 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 Williams was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit (Under-occupancy Penalty) Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Mark Williams 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 Williams was absent for a vote on Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Clauses 1 to 3 and Schedule — Capping Increase of Specified Benefits at 1% Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams voted in favour of capping any increase in working age benefits and tax credits at 1% rather than potentially allowing them to rise by 2.2% in line with prices. Show vote
  • On 8 Jan 2013: Mark Williams 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 Williams voted to cap 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: Mark Williams 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 Williams 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: Mark Williams 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 Williams 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 Williams 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 Williams voted not to exclude child benefit from the benefit cap. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams 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: Mark Williams 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 Williams 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 Williams voted against introducing a childcare element to Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Mark Williams 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 Williams 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 Williams 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 Williams voted in favour of scrapping the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Mark Williams voted to support the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2010: Mark Williams was absent for a vote on Housing Benefit Show vote

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