House of Commons
Universal Credit, Maternity Allowance & SMP
EDM #421
Tabled 04 May 2020
2019-21 Session
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.

Signatures (101)

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
04 May 2020
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
04 May 2020
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
04 May 2020
Olney, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
04 May 2020
Bryant, Chris
Labour
04 May 2020
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
04 May 2020
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
McCabe, Steve
Labour
04 May 2020
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
04 May 2020
Begum, Apsana
Labour
04 May 2020
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
04 May 2020
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
04 May 2020
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Barker, Paula
Labour
04 May 2020
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
04 May 2020
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Fovargue, Yvonne
Labour
04 May 2020
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
04 May 2020
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
04 May 2020
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Coyle, Neil
Labour
04 May 2020
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
04 May 2020
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
04 May 2020
Hanvey, Neale
Independent
05 May 2020
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
05 May 2020
Trickett, Jon
Labour
05 May 2020
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
05 May 2020
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
05 May 2020
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
05 May 2020
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
05 May 2020
Byrne, Ian
Labour
05 May 2020
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
05 May 2020
Ali, Tahir
Labour
06 May 2020
Lockhart, Carla
Democratic Unionist Party
06 May 2020
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
06 May 2020
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
06 May 2020
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
06 May 2020
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
11 May 2020
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
11 May 2020
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
11 May 2020
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
11 May 2020
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
11 May 2020
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
11 May 2020
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
11 May 2020
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
11 May 2020
Flynn, Stephen
Scottish National Party
11 May 2020
Harman, Ms Harriet
Labour
11 May 2020
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
11 May 2020
Webbe, Claudia
Labour
12 May 2020
Henderson, Gordon
Conservative
12 May 2020
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
12 May 2020
McDonnell, John
Labour
12 May 2020
Mearns, Ian
Labour
12 May 2020
Hill, Mike
Labour
13 May 2020
Burgon, Richard
Labour
13 May 2020
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
13 May 2020
Tami, Mark
Labour
18 May 2020
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
18 May 2020
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
18 May 2020
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
18 May 2020
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
18 May 2020
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
18 May 2020
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
18 May 2020
Donaldson, Sir Jeffrey M
Democratic Unionist Party
19 May 2020
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
19 May 2020
McKinnell, Catherine
Labour
19 May 2020
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
19 May 2020
Lavery, Ian
Labour
19 May 2020
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
28 May 2020
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
02 June 2020
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
02 June 2020
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
02 June 2020
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
02 June 2020
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
02 June 2020
Lewis, Clive
Labour
03 June 2020
Whittome, Nadia
Labour
03 June 2020
Osborne, Kate
Labour
03 June 2020
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
03 June 2020
Paisley, Ian
Democratic Unionist Party
04 June 2020
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
04 June 2020
Whitley, Mick
Labour
04 June 2020
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion