That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Regulations (S.I., 2017, No. 204), dated 23 February 2017, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27 February, be annulled.
Primary sponsor: Jeremy Corbyn
The changes to ESA will remove the work related activity component (WRAG) for new claims from 3 April 2017.
New ESA claimants in the work-related activity group who are aged 25 or over will receive only £73.10 a week. They will not receive the additional £29.05 component that current claimants receive.
Similar regulations apply to universal credit claimants who have limited capability for work.
Claimants who made a claim for ESA before 3 April, or who are deemed to have made a claim before that date, as well as claimants who are still waiting to be transferred from incapacity benefits to ESA, will not be affected.
Claimants who qualify for the support group are not affected by the changes.
These regulations are ‘subject to negative resolution procedure’ and automatically become law without a vote. However, if a member of either the Commons or the Lords makes a motion to annul a negative resolution regulation (known as a ‘prayer’) and it is accepted the regulation has to be debated and voted on.
The MPs who wish to see the annulment of these changes are listed on Parliament’s petition page.
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