Jim McMahon

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Labour/Co-operative MP for Oldham West and Royton

@JimfromOldham

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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Jim McMahon 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 24 Jan 2022: Jim McMahon was absent for a vote on Cost of Living Increases — Income — Poverty — Universal Credit — Energy Payment — Child Payments Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2022: Jim McMahon 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: Jim McMahon was absent for a vote on Welfare Cap Show vote
  • On 21 Sep 2021: Jim McMahon voted against rising prices, lower benefits, and higher taxes particularly for low and middle income workers. Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2021: Jim McMahon 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: Jim McMahon 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: Jim McMahon 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: Jim McMahon 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: Jim McMahon was absent for a vote on Housing Benefit Cuts — Supported Housing Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2016: Jim McMahon was absent for a vote on Charter for Budget Responsibility — Reducing Public Borrowing — Cap on Welfare Spending Show vote
  • On 8 Jun 2016: Jim McMahon 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: Jim McMahon 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: Jim McMahon 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: Jim McMahon 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: Jim McMahon voted to retain the "work-related activity component" in the Employment and Support Allowance. Show vote
  • On 23 Feb 2016: Jim McMahon voted to retain the "limited capability for work" element of Universal Credit. Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2016: Jim McMahon was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Application of Housing Benefit Cuts to Supported Housing Show vote
  • On 6 Jan 2016: Jim McMahon voted against cutting universal credit benefits for many people in paid work Show vote

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