Philip Dunne

The Minister of State, Department of Health

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Ludlow Conservative

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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Philip Dunne consistently 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 9 Nov 2010: Philip Dunne voted in support of government plans to reduce housing benefit for those who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for over a year. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Philip Dunne voted in favour of scrapping the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Philip Dunne voted to support the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Philip Dunne 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: Philip Dunne 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: Philip Dunne acted as teller for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — New Clause 2 — Childcare Element in Universal Credit Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Philip Dunne 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 15 Jun 2011: Philip Dunne was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 31 Jan 2012: Philip Dunne 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 1 Feb 2012: Philip Dunne 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: Philip Dunne 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: Philip Dunne 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: Philip Dunne voted not to exclude child benefit from the benefit cap. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Philip Dunne 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: Philip Dunne 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 21 Feb 2012: Philip Dunne voted not to add proposed exclusions from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2012: Philip Dunne voted to introduce under-occupation criteria applying to housing benefit for working age claimants in the social rented sector and to set the rates of Local Housing Allowance which applies to private rented accommodation. Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2012: Philip Dunne 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 8 Jan 2013: Philip Dunne 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: Philip Dunne was absent for a vote on Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Second Reading — Capping Increase of Specified Benefits at 1% Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Philip Dunne 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: Philip Dunne 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: Philip Dunne 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 27 Feb 2013: Philip Dunne voted in favour of a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Philip Dunne voted in favour of reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Philip Dunne voted for a reduction in housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2014: Philip Dunne was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2014: Philip Dunne was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Halt Further Spending and Welfare Cuts and Investigation Impact of Austerity Measures Show vote
  • On 25 Mar 2014: Philip Dunne was absent for a vote on March 2014 Budget Show vote
  • On 26 Mar 2014: Philip Dunne voted to cap the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year. Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2015: Philip Dunne voted yes on Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2015: Philip Dunne voted in favour of proposed spending cuts and changes to the welfare system and in favour of spending on new nuclear weapons. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Philip Dunne voted to reduce the household benefit cap, to freeze the rate of many working-age benefits, to reduce social rents in England and for other changes to the benefits system. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Philip Dunne voted to reduce the household benefit cap, to freeze the rate of many working-age benefits, to reduce social rents in England and for other changes to the benefits system. Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2015: Philip Dunne voted to reduce the amounts people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Philip Dunne voted for reducing public borrowing and in favour of capping welfare spending. Show vote
  • On 20 Oct 2015: Philip Dunne voted in favour of an impending reduction in the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Philip Dunne voted in favour of reducing the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Philip Dunne voted against 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: Philip Dunne voted to remove the "work-related activity component" from the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Philip Dunne voted to remove the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Philip Dunne voted to reduce the household benefit cap, to freeze the rate of many working-age benefits, to reduce social rents in England and for other changes to the benefits system. Show vote
  • On 18 Nov 2015: Philip Dunne voted for proposed cuts to tax credits and against investment aimed at growing a productive economy focused on science, technology and green jobs. Show vote
  • On 6 Jan 2016: Philip Dunne voted in favour of cutting universal credit benefits for many people in paid work Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2016: Philip Dunne voted n favour of planned housing benefit cuts applying to those in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Philip Dunne voted to remove the "work-related activity component" from the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Philip Dunne voted to remove the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Philip Dunne voted against making the removal of the work-related activity component from employment and support allowance conditional on an impact assessment and against requiring Parliament to approve details of implementing the change. Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Philip Dunne voted against making the removal of the limited capability for work element of universal credit conditional on an impact assessment and against requiring Parliament to approve details of implementing the change. Show vote
  • On 26 May 2016: Philip Dunne voted in favour of repealing the Human Rights Act 1998; against plans to save the steel industry including fast-tracking infrastructure projects requiring large amounts of steel; and against a principle of the Government not borrowing to fund day-to-day spending. Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2016: Philip Dunne voted for reductions in benefits for disabled and ill claimants who are deemed capable of work. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Philip Dunne voted for cuts in housing benefit for recipients in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Philip Dunne voted for reducing public borrowing and for capping welfare spending. Show vote
  • On 16 Nov 2016: Philip Dunne voted in favour of reductions to the work allowance element of universal credit and reductions to employment and support allowance and against analysing how changes impact those in different incomes. Show vote

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