Clause 2

Part of Welfare Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 24th February 2009.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Work and Pensions Minister 4:15 pm, 24th February 2009

I refer the Minister to amendment 47, which would provide for having regard to a person’s mental health. I accept that that regard will come from a health professional. The amendment would not define mental illness in the Bill, but say that that must be taken into account. Regulations can set out the conditions  under which a mental health condition would be regarded. I would have thought that reference to advice from a mental health professional should be the way forward.