Stuart McDonald

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

Scottish National Party MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

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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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Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald voted to express support for a series of policy proposals put forward by the leader of the Scottish National Party Ian Blackford MP. The policies in question were: protecting workers' rights, doing more in respect of the cost of living and climate change; increasing benefits; imposing windfall taxes; retaining existing EU derived law and retaining the existing Human Rights Act. Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2022: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald was absent for a vote on Social Security and Pensions Show vote
  • On 24 Jan 2022: Stuart McDonald voted for measures to boost incomes and reverse rising poverty, for reinstating extra universal credit, for a living wage of at least £10 an hour, for an energy payment for low income households and for a payment of £20 a week in respect of every child under 6. Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2022: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald voted no on Welfare Cap Show vote
  • On 21 Sep 2021: Stuart McDonald voted against rising prices, lower benefits, and higher taxes particularly for low and middle income workers. Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2021: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald voted not to cut housing benefit for recipients in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Stuart McDonald voted against reducing public borrowing and against capping welfare spending. Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2016: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald was absent for a vote on Queen's Speech — Human Rights — Steel Industry — Budget Setting Principle Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2016: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Stuart McDonald voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2016: Stuart McDonald voted against planned housing benefit cuts applying to those in supported housing. Show vote
  • On 6 Jan 2016: Stuart McDonald voted against cutting universal credit benefits for many people in paid work Show vote
  • On 18 Nov 2015: Stuart McDonald 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 27 Oct 2015: Stuart McDonald voted against reducing the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Stuart McDonald voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Oct 2015: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald voted against an impending reduction in the amount people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 14 Oct 2015: Stuart McDonald voted against reducing public borrowing and against capping welfare spending. Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2015: Stuart McDonald voted against reducing the amounts people are paid in tax credits. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Stuart McDonald was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Decline Second Reading Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2015: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald 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: Stuart McDonald voted against proposed spending cuts and changes to the welfare system and against spending on new nuclear weapons. Show vote

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