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Summary

  1. Work and Pensions questions in Commons
  2. Urgent question on Magnox estate
  3. Report stage of Bus Services Bill
  4. Peers meet at 3pm for questions
  5. Technical and Further Education Bill next
  6. Peers debating and voting on PIP regulations
  7. Joint Committee on National Security Strategy looking into cyber security

Live Reporting

By Esther Webber, Claire Gould and Paul Seddon

All times stated are UK

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  1. What does tonight's vote mean?

    House of Lords

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    The House of Lords has voted to "regret" the government's latest changes to disability benefits, and has called for a review of the impact.

    The government intends to prevent any increase in the kind of people who can claim Personal Independence Payments or PIPs. The move follows a court ruling that widened the criteria, and would allow people with mental illnesses to be able to claim help with travel.

    A Lib Dem attempt to kill off the government changes failed. But the Labour motion, which simply criticises the government, was carried by 162 votes to 154. However, the motion has no material effect on the benefit.

  2. Good night

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers briefly return to the Technical and Further Education Bill before adjourning. They will return tomorrow at 2.30pm for questions to ministers. 

  3. BreakingPeers back PIPs regret motion

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers vote 162 to 154 for Labour's motion to regret the government's PIPs changes.    

    The Labour motion also calls for a review of the changes that the regulations make and their specific impact on those with mental health conditions, within two years of their coming into force.

  4. Lib Dem bid to stop PIPs changes rejected

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

    House of Lords

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    Peers vote 164 to 75 against Lib Dem fatal motion on government's new PIPs rules.

  5. Peers vote on fatal motion to PIPs changes

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

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    Lib Dem Baroness Bakewell says she is "disappointed" by the government's stance and it "does not engender trust". 

    She forces her party's annulment motion to a vote.

  6. Aims behind disability benefits 'have not changed'

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

    House of Lords

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    Henley

    Responding to the debate, Work and Pensions Minister Lord Henley insists that Personal Independence Payments are made "according to need and not according to whether a condition is physical or non-physical".

    He underlines that the government is not making "any changes whatsoever to the original policy intent" of PIPs. 

  7. Disabled peer defends government's PIP changes

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

    House of Lords

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    Shinkwin

    Conservative Lord Shinkwin says he cannot support the motions to regret or annul.

    He argues we must "join the dots on disability" before we can "justify expecting taxpayers to be even more generous".

    He claims he has been denied a designated parking space in a Labour-controlled borough. 

  8. Ministers 'too eager to legislate' on benefit changes

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

    House of Lords

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    Lib Dem Baroness Thomas of Winchester says the government is in danger of "undermining the welcome support" extended to those with mental health conditions. 

    She accuses them of "indecent haste" in trying to change the law on PIPs, suggesting they are "too eager to reach for the statute book" in response to tribunal rulings. 

  9. Commons adjourns

    House of Commons

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    House of Commons clock

    That concludes the debate which means it's an early finish in the House of Commons.

    MPs are back tomorrow at 11:30am for questions to the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and his ministerial team.

  10. Transport Minister defends office closure

    Closure of Tyne Marine Office debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Transport Minister Andrew Jones argues the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be providing the same services but delivering those services "in a way that is more responsive."

    He seeks to assure MPs that they will "just be working differently from a different base".

  11. Conservative peer attacks PIP changes

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

    House of Lords

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    Conservative peer Baroness Browning attacks the government's PIP changes, saying she supports Labour's motion to regret. 

    In particular she focuses on people with autism, saying they often "fall through the gap" and "while when they walk into a room it isn't obvious they have disabilities, they certainly have needs". 

  12. Background: Personal Independence Payments row

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

    House of Lords

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    Wheelchair

    Last year, the government lost two cases in what is known as the Upper Tribunal - part of the courts system - about who should receive the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and how much they should receive.

    The first found that some claimants who require assistance to take medication or monitor a health condition should receive more points than the assessments currently give.

    The second found that claimants who suffer overwhelming psychological distress when taking journeys should receive more points.

    The effect of the rulings would be to increase the number of eligible applicants and increase the number of people who qualify for the higher rates.

    Disabilities minister Penny Mordaunt  released a written statement  on Thursday 23 February explaining that the government would seek to overturn the tribunal's decisions, using today's statutory instrument  that amends the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

    Labour and the Lib Dems oppose the reform and will seek to block the statutory instrument in the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

    If the government succeeds in getting the reform through, it will mean fewer people will receive PIPs in the future and fewer people will qualify for the higher rates. But it will not cut the awards of current claimants.

  13. Disability rights campaigner backs fatal motion on benefit changes

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

    House of Lords

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    Campbell

    Crossbencher Baroness Campbell of Surbiton says she supports the Lib Dem motion to annul, describing the current situation as "exceptional". 

    She tells peers that often people with visible disabilities find it "a lot easier to demonstrate the need for and receive help" than people with mental health conditions. 

  14. Government accused of compromising mental health promises

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

    House of Lords

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    Sherlock

    Labour spokesperson Baroness Sherlock is introducing her party's motion to regret the government's PIPs changes.    

    She says the changes will affect people with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, asking how that tallies with the government's pledge to tackle the stigma around mental health conditions.

    The Labour motion further states: "The regulations discriminate against people with mental health problems, and could put vulnerable claimants at risk; and calls on the government to allow proper scrutiny of these proposals, including a review of the changes that the regulations make and their specific impact on those with mental health conditions, within two years of their coming into force."

  15. MPs debate closure of the Tyne Marine Office

    House of Commons

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    Port of Tyne

    The bill passes its third reading and MPs move on to the adjournment debate which tonight concerns the closure of Tyne Marine Office.

    In July 2016, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced it will close four marine offices including the Tyne Dock.

    Local Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck points out that closing the office will "only save £100,000 per year" and suggests that this is outweighed by the value of the office to the maritime industry.

    Ian Mearns agrees, warning that "we must not forget we are a maritime nation." 

  16. PIP changes 'amount to discrimination'

    Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

    House of Lords

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    Bakewell

    Lib Dem Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville is moving her party's request that the PIPs changes be annulled.  

    The government wants to overturn rulings by a tribunal which found claimants who require an assessment to manage their care or who experience serious psychological distress when travelling should be eligible for disability benefits. 

    Baroness Bakewell says this amounts to "discrimination". 

  17. McDonald: We won the arguments but lost the votes

    Bus Services Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Transport Minister Andrew Jones praises the bill, arguing that it will produce significant benefits for the environment, congestion and the local economy. 

    He adds that it will reverse the decline in bus passengers. 

    Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald says his party "won the arguments but lost the votes".

    "That is the tragedy of opposition," he adds.

  18. Lib Dem attempt to protect intellectual property of awarding bodies defeated

    Technical and Further Education Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers vote against a Lib Dem amendment which would limit the scope of the Institute for Apprenticeships to acquire wholesale intellectual material developed by qualification-awarding bodies.  

  19. Peers vote on intellectual property measures

    Technical and Further Education Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers are voting on a Lib Dem amendment which would limit the scope of the Institute for Apprenticeships to acquire wholesale intellectual material developed by qualification-awarding bodies.  

  20. Labour amendment rejected

    Bus Services Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    House of Commons

    The amendment is rejected 276 votes to 188.

    The bill passes the legislative grand committee stage and MPs move on to the third reading - the final stage.