House of Commons
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WIDOWED PARENT'S ALLOWANCE
EDM #959
Tabled 21 February 2017
2016-17 Session
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.

Signatures (45)

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
18 April 2017
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
18 April 2017
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
06 March 2017
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
06 March 2017
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
29 March 2017
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
23 February 2017
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
23 February 2017
Donaldson, Stuart Blair
Scottish National Party
01 March 2017
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
01 March 2017
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
13 March 2017
Flynn, Paul
Labour
01 March 2017
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
27 February 2017
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
02 March 2017
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
28 February 2017
Kerevan, George
Scottish National Party
28 February 2017
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
22 February 2017
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
07 March 2017
Lucas, Ian C.
Labour
13 March 2017
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
24 February 2017
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
30 March 2017
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
22 February 2017
McGarry, Natalie
Independent
23 February 2017
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
22 February 2017
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
24 February 2017
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
22 February 2017
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
18 April 2017
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
01 March 2017
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
24 February 2017
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
22 February 2017
Salmond, Alex
Scottish National Party
24 February 2017
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
01 March 2017
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
22 February 2017
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
24 February 2017
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
23 February 2017
Streeting, Wes
Labour
26 April 2017
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
23 February 2017
Thomson, Michelle
Independent
06 March 2017
Weir, Mike
Scottish National Party
22 February 2017
Winnick, Mr David
Labour
22 March 2017
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion