Clause 16

Welfare Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:15 pm on 24th February 2009.

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Community care grants relating to specified goods or services

Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

I rise to speak to amendment 18, in clause 16, page 21, line 7, at end add—

‘(8) (a) the Secretary of State shall prepare an Annual report on the operation of the arrangements relating to the community care grants and shall include in that report details of the number and value of the community care grants awarded,

(b) a copy of every such report shall be laid before each House of Parliament.’.

The clause relates to an important, but separate, subject dealing with community grants that are made available to vulnerable people. However, given what we now know from the Government’s response to the consultation about their intention that the same amount of funding will be available for those grants, I no longer wish to move the amendment.

Clause 16 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 17 and 18 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Ordered, That further consideration be now adjourned.—(Helen Jones.)

Adjourned till Thursday 26 February at Nine o’clock.