Richard Thomson

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

Scottish National Party MP for Gordon

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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Richard Thomson 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.

Key votes about a reduction in spending on welfare benefits:

  • On 18 May 2022: Richard Thomson acted as teller for a vote on Programme for Government — Workers' Rights — Cost of Living — Climate — Benefits — Windfall Tax — Devolution — Human Rights Show vote
  • On 2 Mar 2022: Richard Thomson 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: Richard Thomson was absent for a vote on Social Security and Pensions Show vote
  • On 24 Jan 2022: Richard Thomson acted as teller for a vote on Cost of Living Increases — Income — Poverty — Universal Credit — Energy Payment — Child Payments Show vote
  • On 10 Jan 2022: Richard Thomson 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: Richard Thomson acted as teller for a vote on Welfare Cap Show vote
  • On 21 Sep 2021: Richard Thomson voted against rising prices, lower benefits, and higher taxes particularly for low and middle income workers. Show vote
  • On 15 Sep 2021: Richard Thomson 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: Richard Thomson 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: Richard Thomson 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

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