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Reform Of Bereavement Support Payment

EDM number 548 in 2017-19, proposed by Edward Davey on 15/11/2017.
Categorised under the topics of Death and Sickness, disability and carers' benefits.

That this House notes with concern the reduction in financial support given to widowed parents with dependent children through the new Bereavement Support Payment (BSP); believes that the duration of 18 months of payments is too short to provide families with the financial support they need; recognises that the limited evidence that is available suggests the risk of serious distress following bereavement for either or both the parent and children remains high for at least three years for almost every family, and in some cases for much longer; and therefore calls on the Government to extend the duration of these payments to at least six years and to consider further reforms to the BSP system including lifting full conditionality requirements for universal credit for a widowed parent with dependent children for at least three years after the bereavement and extending the BSP to unmarried, cohabiting partners with dependent children when one parent dies.

This motion has been signed by a total of 30 MPs.

Edward Davey15/11/2017Kingston and SurbitonLiberal DemocratProposed
Rosie Cooper15/11/2017West LancashireLabourSeconded
Tim Farron15/11/2017Westmorland and LonsdaleLiberal DemocratSeconded
Patricia Gibson15/11/2017North Ayrshire and ArranScottish National PartySeconded
Catherine McKinnell15/11/2017Newcastle upon Tyne NorthLabourSeconded
David Amess15/11/2017Southend WestConservativeSeconded
Tom Brake15/11/2017Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Stewart McDonald16/11/2017Glasgow SouthScottish National PartySigned
Gavin Robinson16/11/2017Belfast EastDUPSigned
Jim Shannon16/11/2017StrangfordDUPSigned
Caroline Lucas16/11/2017Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Chris Stephens16/11/2017Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Lady Hermon20/11/2017North DownIndependentSigned
Alan Brown20/11/2017Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Angus MacNeil20/11/2017Na h-Eileanan an IarScottish National PartySigned
Hugh Gaffney20/11/2017Coatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabourSigned
Hannah Bardell21/11/2017LivingstonScottish National PartySigned
Marie Rimmer21/11/2017St Helens South and WhistonLabourSigned
Martyn Day21/11/2017Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Stephen Gethins21/11/2017North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Chris Law21/11/2017Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Jim Cunningham21/11/2017Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Liz Saville Roberts21/11/2017Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Clive Lewis23/11/2017Norwich SouthLabourSigned
David Linden27/11/2017Glasgow EastScottish National PartySigned
Mary Glindon27/11/2017North TynesideLabourSigned
Layla Moran04/12/2017Oxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Drew Hendry08/01/2018Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Emma Reynolds20/02/2018Wolverhampton North EastLabourSigned
Vernon Coaker18/04/2018GedlingLabourSigned

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