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WAR PENSIONERS AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 184: tabled on 30 June 1997

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 129 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that local authorities are currently given the option of whether or not to disregard war widows' and war disablement pension when assessing eligibility for council tax and housing benefit; notes that three-quarters of councils now operate a total disregard; further notes that a pensioner in one of the authorities not operating disregard can lose as much as all of his or her war pension for purely geographical reasons; is appalled that an increase in disability due to old war injuries has led to certain war disabled pensioners facing an overall drop in income; is further concerned that as a result of current policy the Royal British Legion, which has long campaigned for a change in the law, has had to advise some of its members not to apply for or accept a war pension; believes that such war pensions are compensation for injuries sustained or husbands lost in service, and should not be counted as normal taxable income either for local or national taxation purposes; notes that the extra public expenditure needed to standardise treatment of war pensioners would be minimal given that only a few pensioners are actually discriminated against in this way; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to review this situation so that these war veterans and their widows may finally receive a fair deal.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Benn, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 11 February 1998
Chesterfield
Bennett, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 25 March 1998
Denton and Reddish
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 22 October 1998
Bootle
Bermingham, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 10 June 1998
St Helens South
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 20 October 1998
Kingswood
Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1997
Leeds North West
Bradley, Peter
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
The Wrekin
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 1 April 1998
Altrincham and Sale West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 1998
Carshalton and Wallington
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 July 1997
Gordon
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 9 July 1997
Birmingham, Northfield
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 1997
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 16 July 1997
Tynemouth
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 July 1997
North East Fife
Campbell-Savours, Mr Dale
Labour
Signed on 1 April 1998
Workington
Cawsey, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 2 September 1998
Brigg and Goole
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 3 July 1997
Bury North
Chidgey, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 July 1997
Eastleigh
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 1 July 1997
Romsey
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 27 January 1998
Stockton North
Corbett, Mr Robin
Labour
Signed on 2 September 1998
Birmingham, Erdington
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 9 July 1997
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Bolton North East
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 5 February 1998
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 1 July 1997
Leigh
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 2 July 1997
Coventry South
Dafis, Cynog
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 March 1998
Ceredigion
Darvill, Mr Keith
Labour
Signed on 16 January 1998
Upminster
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 1997
Kingston and Surbiton
Davies, Mr Quentin
Conservative
Signed on 20 March 1998
Grantham and Stamford
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1998
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1997
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Hendon
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 3 December 1997
Lagan Valley
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 10 July 1997
Stroud
Drown, Julia
Labour
Signed on 7 July 1997
South Swindon
Edwards, Mr Huw
Labour
Signed on 8 July 1997
Monmouth
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 11 June 1998
Eltham
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 10 July 1997
Sunderland North
Ewing, Mrs Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 March 1998
Moray
Fearn, Mr Ronnie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 July 1997
Southport
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 1998
Bath
Gardiner, Barry
Labour
Signed on 8 July 1997
Brent North
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 November 1998
St Ives
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 7 July 1997
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Gorrie, Mr Donald
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 July 1997
Edinburgh West
Griffiths, Jane
Labour
Signed on 9 July 1997
Reading East
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 July 1997
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 1998
Oxford West and Abingdon
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 31 July 1997
North Devon
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 1 July 1997
Bolton South East
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 1 July 1997
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 July 1997
Cheltenham
Kemp, Mr Fraser
Labour
Signed on 18 March 1998
Houghton and Washington East
King, Andy
Labour
Signed on 29 January 1998
Rugby and Kenilworth
Kirkwood, Sir Archy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 May 1998
Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 2 July 1997
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 23 April 1998
Brighton, Pavilion
Lewis, Mr Ivan
Labour
Signed on 10 November 1997
Bury South
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 1 July 1997
New Forest East
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 1 July 1997
Brent East
Livsey, Mr Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 May 1998
Brecon and Radnorshire
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 8 July 1997
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Loughton, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1997
East Worthing and Shoreham
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 19 March 1998
Edmonton
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Thurrock
Maclennan, Mr Robert
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 April 1998
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 8 July 1997
Halifax
Mates, Lt Col Michael
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 1997
East Hampshire
McCartney, Mr Robert
United Kingdom Unionist
Signed on 19 October 1998
North Down
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 8 July 1997
Hayes and Harlington
McWalter, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 24 November 1997
Hemel Hempstead
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 2 July 1997
Sheffield, Heeley
Michie, Mrs Ray
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 November 1997
Argyll and Bute
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 5 May 1998
Great Grimsby
Morgan, Mr Alasdair
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 March 1998
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 29 July 1997
Sunderland South
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 2 July 1997
Knowsley South
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 December 1997
Montgomeryshire
Paterson, Mr Owen
Conservative
Signed on 5 November 1997
North Shropshire
Plaskitt, Mr James
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1998
Warwick and Leamington
Pond, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 30 October 1997
Gravesham
Rammell, Bill
Labour
Signed on 5 March 1998
Harlow
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 2 June 1998
Portsmouth North
Rendel, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 1997
Newbury
Robinson, Mr Peter
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 October 1997
Belfast East
Ross, Mr William
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 18 November 1997
East Londonderry
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 2 September 1998
Vale of Clwyd
Russell, Christine
Labour
Signed on 7 April 1998
City of Chester
Salter, Martin
Labour
Signed on 9 July 1997
Reading West
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 July 1997
Torbay
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 1 April 1998
Kettering
Shipley, Ms Debra
Labour
Signed on 18 March 1998
Stourbridge
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 20 November 1997
Nottingham South
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 1 July 1997
Belfast South
Snape, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
West Bromwich East
Steinberg, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 7 July 1997
City of Durham
Stewart, Ian
Labour
Signed on 3 February 1998
Eccles
Stinchcombe, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 10 July 1997
Wellingborough
Stoate, Dr Howard
Labour
Signed on 13 January 1998
Dartford
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 2 July 1997
North West Leicestershire
Temple-Morris, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 31 July 1997
Leominster
Thompson, Mr William
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 3 July 1997
West Tyrone
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 8 April 1998
South Derbyshire
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 October 1997
Richmond Park
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 July 1997
North Cornwall
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1997
Finchley and Golders Green
Wallace, Mr Jim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 July 1997
Orkney and Shetland
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Stoke-on-Trent North
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent Labour
Signed on 27 November 1997
Liverpool, West Derby
Welsh, Mr Andrew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 March 1998
Angus
Whitehead, Dr Alan
Labour
Signed on 13 May 1998
Southampton, Test
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 1 April 1998
Conwy
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 October 1998
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Wills, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
North Swindon
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1997
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 1 July 1997
Macclesfield
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 24 March 1998
Preston
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 20 April 1998
Batley and Spen
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 2 July 1997
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.