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TRANSITIONING FROM ESA TO JSA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1108: tabled on 23 March 2017

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 26 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 commends the People's Assembly Fife on its report on transition from ESA to JSA; understands that volunteers from the People's Assembly Fife undertook a project over the course of 2016 aimed at advising people who faced benefit sanctions and that this involved speaking to claimants at Kirkcaldy Jobcentre Plus who were transitioning to jobseeker's allowance (JSA) after failing the work capability assessment (WCA); further understands that, according to the report, volunteers spoke to approximately 400 people, of whom 25 per cent were transitioning from employment and support allowance (ESA) to JSA after failing the WCA; notes that the report found very significant gaps in time between claimants receiving their last ESA payment and their first JSA payment and that most were still waiting for their claim to be processed; further notes, from the report, that claimants said they had been waiting for as long as 12 weeks to receive a JSA payment, that most claimants had no other source of income, and that some said that they were begging or relying on family members or the local foodbank for food, and that none of the claimants spoken to by volunteers were aware that they could request an advance payment; and considers it imperative that the Government should ensure that the transition from ESA to JSA is seamless and that claimants should not be left without any source of income while transitioning between the two benefits.

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.

Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 30 March 2017
Livingston
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 30 March 2017
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 30 March 2017
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 April 2017
North East Fife
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2017
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 April 2017
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 29 March 2017
North Down
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2017
Knowsley
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 March 2017
Dundee West
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 28 March 2017
Belfast South
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 March 2017
Glasgow North West
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
Signed on 30 March 2017
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 April 2017
East Dunbartonshire
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 28 March 2017
South Down
Salmond, Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 April 2017
Gordon
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 28 March 2017
Strangford
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 March 2017
Glasgow South West
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 April 2017
Midlothian
Weir, Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 March 2017
Angus
Wilson, Corri
Scottish National Party
Signed on 30 March 2017
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.