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Universal Credit, Maternity Allowance & SMP

EDM (Early Day Motion) 421: tabled on 04 May 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 111 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is deeply concerned by the different treatment of Maternity Allowance and Statutory Maternity Pay by the Department of Work and Pensions in the calculation of Universal Credit awards, with Statutory Maternity Pay being treated as earned income and largely disregarded under the work allowance and 63 per cent taper, but Maternity Allowance being treated as unearned income and deducted from any Universal Credit award pound for pound; notes that this can leave women in receipt of Maternity Allowance up to £5,000 worse off over 39 weeks of maternity leave, relative to women in similar circumstances in receipt of Statutory Maternity Pay; further notes that employed women can end up on Maternity Allowance, rather than Statutory Maternity Pay, for arbitrary reasons beyond their control, and that self-employed women can only apply for Maternity Allowance; notes that, in 2019, more than half of the some 60,000 women granted Maternity Allowance also applied for Universal Credit; believes that pregnant women and new parents, who are under extraordinary financial and other pressure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and economic lockdown, should not be further disadvantaged by Government policies that fail to take proper account of their circumstances; and supports the Child Poverty Action Group, Maternity Action, the Women’s Budget Group, the Fawcett Society and the TUC in calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to remedy this anomalous injustice by amending the Universal Credit Regulations 2013.

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.

Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Glasgow Central
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Belfast South
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
Westminster North
Olney, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 May 2020
Richmond Park
Bryant, Chris
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
Rhondda
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Belfast East
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Glasgow South West
McCabe, Steve
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Edinburgh North and Leith
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 May 2020
Oxford West and Abingdon
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
Poplar and Limehouse
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 May 2020
Edinburgh West
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 May 2020
Twickenham
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Airdrie and Shotts
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
Liverpool, Wavertree
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
Ealing, Southall
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Central Ayrshire
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
North Ayrshire and Arran
Fovargue, Yvonne
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
Makerfield
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
Dagenham and Rainham
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
Bedford
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Midlothian
Coyle, Neil
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
East Dunbartonshire
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Dundee West
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
West Dunbartonshire
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2020
West Lancashire
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
East Lothian
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Motherwell and Wishaw
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 May 2020
Glasgow North West
Hanvey, Neale
Independent
Signed on 5 May 2020
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
Signed on 5 May 2020
North Down
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2020
Hemsworth
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 May 2020
Edinburgh East
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 5 May 2020
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 5 May 2020
Ceredigion
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 5 May 2020
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2020
Liverpool, West Derby
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2020
Streatham
Ali, Tahir
Labour
Signed on 6 May 2020
Birmingham, Hall Green
Lockhart, Carla
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 May 2020
Upper Bann
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 6 May 2020
Cardiff West
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 May 2020
St Albans
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 May 2020
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2020
Coventry South
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 May 2020
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 11 May 2020
Foyle
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 May 2020
Argyll and Bute
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 11 May 2020
East Londonderry
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 May 2020
Inverclyde
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 May 2020
Gordon
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 11 May 2020
Strangford
Flynn, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 May 2020
Aberdeen South
Harman, Ms Harriet
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2020
Camberwell and Peckham
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 May 2020
Angus
Webbe, Claudia
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2020
Leicester East
Henderson, Gordon
Conservative
Signed on 12 May 2020
Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2020
Hammersmith
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2020
Gateshead
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2020
Hartlepool
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2020
Leeds East
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2020
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Tami, Mark
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2020
Alyn and Deeside
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 May 2020
Glasgow North
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 2020
North East Fife
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 May 2020
Glasgow South
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 2020
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 2020
Orkney and Shetland
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 May 2020
Falkirk
Donaldson, Sir Jeffrey M
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 19 May 2020
Lagan Valley
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2020
Denton and Reddish
McKinnell, Catherine
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne North
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2020
Rochdale
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2020
Wansbeck
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 May 2020
Glasgow North East
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 June 2020
Livingston
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 June 2020
Stirling
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 June 2020
Dundee East
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 June 2020
Glasgow East
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 June 2020
Lanark and Hamilton East
Lewis, Clive
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2020
Norwich South
Whittome, Nadia
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2020
Nottingham East
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2020
Jarrow
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2020
South Shields
Paisley, Ian
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 June 2020
North Antrim
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 June 2020
South Antrim
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2020
Birkenhead
Rees, Christina
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2020
Neath
Davey, Sir Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 June 2020
Kingston and Surbiton
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Blackman, Kirsty
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
Aberdeen North
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 June 2020
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2020
Easington
Ferrier, Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 June 2020
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 June 2020
East Antrim
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 15 September 2020
Brighton, Kemptown

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.