This means that if you become too ill to work (for example, if you develop cancer) and you have a partner that earns more the £7,500pa you will not be entitled to any income-replacement benefit. Could the 2 of you really cope on so little? Especially if one of you has such a costly condition?
Lords Patel and McKenzie have put forward the following amendment:
Page 36, line 34, leave out “365 days” and insert “a prescribed number of days which must be
at least 730”
The vote on the amendment is on this Wednesday, 11th January 2012.
We need to lobby Lords before Wednesday. So far the votes have been close.
The Labour peers are planning to vote for the amendment. It's safe to say that the Tories will vote against. What's important is lobbying the Lib Dems and the Crossbench peers. There's a list of all the Peers that user Twitter here (not organised by party, sorry. But if anyone's got the time to create Twitter lists of the Lib Dem and/or crossbench Peers do let us know!)and there's a list of the Email addresses of Lib Dem peers here.
If you can't convince Lib Dem peers to support the amendment, then the next best thing is convincing them to abstain.
There's further info about the amendment in this pdf from the Disability Benefits Consortium that @kmachin dug up.