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WIDOWED PARENT'S ALLOWANCE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 959: tabled on 21 February 2017

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 45 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 is deeply concerned about the changes to Widowed Parent's Allowance, renamed Bereavement Support from April 2017; understands that the Childhood Bereavement Network has shown that 75 per cent of bereaved families will be worse off in cash terms under those changes, with the average widowed parent losing out on up to £12,000 and payments will be limited to 18 months; is concerned that this support will no longer rise with inflation meaning that its value will gradually diminish as the cost of living rises; is alarmed that this support will not be available to those who are co-habiting, even though one in five couples with children are not married according to the Office for National Statistics; is aware that the new Bereavement Support payment regime will disproportionately affect women, given that working-age women are more likely to claim bereavement allowance with 70 per cent of claimants in 2014 being female; appreciates that bereavement is one of the main causes of financial difficulty according to research; and is further deeply concerned that such cuts will put families under unnecessary pressure, increasing their stress at a time when they need to prioritise their grieving children.

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.

Blenkinsop, Tom
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2017
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2017
Carshalton and Wallington
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Edinburgh North and Leith
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2017
Dagenham and Rainham
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2017
Coventry South
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 23 February 2017
Belfast North
Donaldson, Stuart Blair
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 March 2017
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 1 March 2017
Foyle
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 13 March 2017
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2017
Newport West
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 February 2017
North East Fife
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2017
Birmingham, Hall Green
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 February 2017
Glasgow North
Kerevan, George
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 February 2017
East Lothian
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 February 2017
Dundee West
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 7 March 2017
Brighton, Pavilion
Lucas, Ian C.
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2017
Wrexham
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 February 2017
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2017
York Central
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 22 February 2017
Belfast South
McGarry, Natalie
Independent
Signed on 23 February 2017
Glasgow East
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 February 2017
Falkirk
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 February 2017
Glasgow North West
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 February 2017
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2017
Leeds North West
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 March 2017
East Dunbartonshire
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 February 2017
Argyll and Bute
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 22 February 2017
South Down
Salmond, Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 February 2017
Gordon
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 1 March 2017
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 February 2017
Strangford
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 February 2017
Edinburgh East
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2017
Glasgow South West
Streeting, Wes
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2017
Ilford North
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2017
Glasgow Central
Thomson, Michelle
Independent
Signed on 6 March 2017
Edinburgh West
Weir, Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 February 2017
Angus
Winnick, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 22 March 2017
Walsall North

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.