Chuka Umunna

MP, Streatham

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Streatham Labour

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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Chuka Umunna 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.

All votes about a reduction in spending on welfare benefits:

  • On 9 Nov 2010: Chuka Umunna voted against reducing housing benefit for those who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for over a year. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Chuka Umunna voted to call on the Government to keep the education maintenance allowance (EMA) in England. Show vote
  • On 19 Jan 2011: Chuka Umunna voted against the Government reforms to arrangements for supporting students aged 16-19. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2011: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Chuka Umunna voted to introduce a childcare element to Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2011: Chuka Umunna 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 15 Jun 2011: Chuka Umunna 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 31 Jan 2012: Chuka Umunna 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 1 Feb 2012: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 93 — Exclusion of Child Benefit from Benefit Cap Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2012: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform Bill — Clause 11 — Housing costs Show vote
  • On 21 Feb 2012: Chuka Umunna voted to exclude people in specified circumstances from a reduction in housing benefits due to being deemed to have excess bedrooms. Show vote
  • On 24 Oct 2012: Chuka Umunna 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 Nov 2012: Chuka Umunna 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 8 Jan 2013: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna voted against capping any increase discretionary working age benefits and tax credits at 1% in 2014-15 and 2015-16 Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2013: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna 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 27 Feb 2013: Chuka Umunna voted against a housing benefit under-occupancy penalty. Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for those deemed to have excess bedrooms Show vote
  • On 12 Nov 2013: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Benefit — Deductions for Those Deemed to Have Excess Bedrooms Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2014: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill Show vote
  • On 11 Feb 2014: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna 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 26 Mar 2014: Chuka Umunna voted to cap the overall amount the state spends on welfare each year. Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2015: Chuka Umunna voted yes on Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn Statement 2014 Update Show vote
  • On 4 Jun 2015: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Spending Cuts, Welfare Changes and Trident Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2015: Chuka Umunna voted against reducing the amounts people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Chuka Umunna voted against reducing public borrowing and against capping welfare spending. Show vote
  • On 20 Oct 2015: Chuka Umunna voted against an impending reduction in the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Chuka Umunna voted against reducing the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Chuka Umunna 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: Chuka Umunna voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Chuka Umunna voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Chuka Umunna 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 18 Nov 2015: Chuka Umunna voted against proposed cuts to tax credits and for investment aimed at growing a productive economy focused on science, technology and green jobs. Show vote
  • On 6 Jan 2016: Chuka Umunna voted against cutting universal credit benefits for many people in paid work Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2016: Chuka Umunna voted against planned housing benefit cuts applying to those in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Chuka Umunna voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Chuka Umunna voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Removal of Work Related Activity Component from Employment and Support Allowance — Impact Assessment and Parliamentary Approval of Implementation Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Removal of Limited Capability for Work Component from Universal Credit — Impact Assessment and Parliamentary Approval of Implementation Show vote
  • On 26 May 2016: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Human Rights — Steel Industry — Budget Setting Principle Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2016: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Benefit Cuts for Disabled and Ill People Deemed Capable of Work Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Housing Benefit Cuts — Supported Housing Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Chuka Umunna was absent for a vote on Charter for Budget Responsibility — Reducing Public Borrowing — Cap on Welfare Spending Show vote
  • On 16 Nov 2016: Chuka Umunna 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

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