Chris Stephens

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment)

(since July 2018)
Chris Stephens Portrait

Scottish National Party

Member for Glasgow South West

chris.stephens.mp@parliament.uk / ChrisStephens
Select Committees
Work and Pensions Committee (since March 2020)

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Significant Glasgow South West Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
117,716
Petition Closed

Make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950’s women

Gov Responded - 27 Sep 2017 Debated on - 14 Dec 2017 View Chris Stephens's petition debate contributions
13 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

That this Government without delay recognises the need for a non-means tested bridging pension for women born on or after 6/4/1950 who are affected by the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts and compensate those at risk of losing up to around £45,000, to also give proper notification for any future changes.

149,138
Petition Closed

Pay Up Now! – Scrap the pay cap and give public servants a meaningful pay rise

Gov Responded - 9 Oct 2017 Debated on - 4 Dec 2017 View Chris Stephens's petition debate contributions
12 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

Every single person who works in public services needs and deserve a pay rise. It’s time for the pay cap to be scrapped, for the government to provide additional funding for public sector pay and for employers to put public sector workers pay up now.


Most recent EDMs signed by Chris Stephens

Date Tabled Title Signatures
29 Jun 2020
Chris Stephens signed this EDM on Tuesday 30th June 2020

Child Maintenance

Tabled by: Marion Fellows (Scottish National Party - Motherwell and Wishaw)
That this House notes the £354 million of arrears owed to families under the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) with just £31 million having been collected through enforcement action in the latest quarter; futher notes that 43 per cent of cases under Collect and Pay arrangements are not receiving any maintenance; …
35 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Jul 2020)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 29
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Green Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
29 Jun 2020
Chris Stephens signed this EDM on Monday 29th June 2020

Prison whistleblowing hotline

Tabled by: Richard Burgon (Labour - Leeds East)
That this House notes that prison employers must by law take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health and safety of their staff; further notes that eight national trades unions representing the majority of prison staff have called for new best-practice safety measures, including a whistleblowing hotline, before current …
16 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Jul 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 9
Scottish National Party: 2
Conservative: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

1 Urgent Question tabled by Chris Stephens

Date Forum Title
23 Jul 2019 Commons Chamber Personal Independence Payments: Supreme Court Ruling

3 Adjournment Debates led by Chris Stephens

Date Forum Title
17 Jun 2020 Commons Chamber Covid-19: Asylum Seeker Services in Glasgow
27 Jun 2019 Commons Chamber Serco and Asylum Seeker Lock-change Evictions
21 Jun 2017 Commons Chamber Telephone Calls to the DWP

7 Bills introduced by Chris Stephens

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Workers (Definition and Rights) Bill 2017-19
Presented by Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party)
Private Members' Bill
Ten Minute Bill
2nd reading: House of Commons 4 Oct 2019, 4:30 p.m.

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to amend the definition of worker; to make provision about workers’ rights; and for connected purposes.

Universal Credit Sanctions (Zero Hours Contracts) Bill 2017-19
Presented by Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party)
Private Members' Bill
Presentation Bill
2nd reading: House of Commons 4 Oct 2019, 4:30 p.m.

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to amend the Welfare Reform Act 2012 to provide that a Universal Credit claimant may not be sanctioned for refusing work on a zero hours contract; and for connected purposes.

Workers (Definition and Rights) Bill 2019-21
Presented by Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party)
Private Members' Bill
Ten Minute Bill
1st reading: House of Commons 26 February, 2020 2nd reading: House of Commons

5 Feb 2021

13 May 2020, 5:44 p.m.

A Bill to amend the definition of worker; to make provision about workers’ rights; and for connected purposes.

Evictions (Universal Credit Claimants) Bill 2019-21
Presented by Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party)
Private Members' Bill
Presentation Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2nd reading: House of Commons

5 Feb 2021

13 May 2020, 5:43 p.m.

A Bill to place a duty on the Secretary of State to prevent the evictions of Universal Credit claimants in rent arrears; and for connected purposes.

Universal Credit Sanctions (Zero Hours Contracts) Bill 2019-21
Presented by Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party)
Private Members' Bill
Presentation Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2nd reading: House of Commons

5 Feb 2021

13 May 2020, 5:42 p.m.

A Bill to amend the Welfare Reform Act 2012 to provide that a Universal Credit claimant may not be sanctioned for refusing work on a zero hours contract; and for connected purposes.

Asylum Seekers (Accommodation Eviction Procedures) Bill 2019-21
Presented by Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party)
Private Members' Bill
Presentation Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2nd reading: House of Commons

5 Feb 2021

13 May 2020, 5:42 p.m.

A Bill to make provision for asylum seekers to challenge the proportionality of a proposed eviction from accommodation before an independent court or tribunal; to establish asylum seeker accommodation eviction procedures for public authorities; and for connected purposes.

Asylum Seekers (Accommodation Eviction Procedures) Bill 2017-19
Presented by Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party)
Private Members' Bill
Presentation Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2 Oct 2019, 11:24 a.m.

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for asylum seekers to challenge the proportionality of a proposed eviction from accommodation before an independent court or tribunal; to establish asylum seeker accommodation eviction procedures for public authorities; and for connected purposes.


336 Written Questions

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Social Security Benefits: Staff Social Security Benefits: Medical Assessments Universal Credit: Disqualification Poverty: Children Food Banks Universal Credit Universal Credit Social Security Benefits: Medical Assessments Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations Attendance Allowance Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations Independent Case Examiner Social Security Benefits Social Security Benefits Social Security Benefits Universal Credit: Deductions Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Universal Credit: Visual Impairment Universal Credit Personal Independence Payment Universal Credit Universal Credit Television: Licensing Social Security Benefits: Glasgow Food Banks: Glasgow South West Pension Credit: Glasgow South West Pension Credit Television: Licensing Food Banks: Glasgow South West Universal Credit: Glasgow South West Social Security Benefits: Glasgow South West Universal Credit Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy Personal Independence Payment: Epilepsy Pensioners: Poverty Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Universal Credit: Zero Hours Contracts Universal Credit: Zero Hours Contracts Christmas Bonus Christmas Bonus Christmas Bonus Personal Independence Payment: Appeals Personal Independence Payment: Appeals Food Banks: Glasgow South West Jobcentres: Glasgow Department for Work and Pensions: Domestic Visits Universal Credit Universal Credit: Glasgow Social Security Benefits: Disqualification Universal Credit: Glasgow South West Social Security Benefits Department for Work and Pensions: Training Social Security Benefits: Fraud Children: Maintenance Children: Maintenance Television: Licensing State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing Jobcentres: Crimes of Violence Jobcentres: Glasgow Jobcentres: Glasgow Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Personal Independence Payment Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services Jobseeker's Allowance Universal Credit: Domestic Violence Universal Credit: Domestic Violence Universal Credit: Domestic Violence Universal Credit: Domestic Violence Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services Social Security Benefits: Debts Department for Work and Pensions: Interserve Department for Work and Pensions: Interserve Department for Work and Pensions: Interserve Social Security Benefits: Glasgow South West Social Security Benefits: Homelessness Social Security Benefits: Health Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents Social Security Benefits Children: Maintenance Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services Universal Credit Social Security Benefits: Fraud Funeral Payments: Scotland Department for Work and Pensions: Conditions of Employment Funeral Payments Universal Credit: Glasgow Universal Credit: Glasgow South West Television: Licensing Housing Benefit: Glasgow South West Children: Maintenance Children: Maintenance Jobcentres: Glasgow South West Social Security Benefits: Debts Social Security Benefits: Disqualification Universal Credit: Administrative Delays Social Security Benefits: Administrative Delays BPDTS Social Security Benefits: Glasgow South West Social Security Benefits: Disqualification Jobcentres: Glasgow Jobcentres: Glasgow Jobcentres: Glasgow Universal Credit Jobcentres: Glasgow Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings National Savings and Investments: Pensions Atos: Pensions Atos and National Savings and Investments: Pensions Revenue and Customs: Coronavirus Revenue and Customs: Remote Working Credit Unions Credit Unions Credit Unions Credit Unions Credit Unions Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Buildings Football Pools: Excise Duties Football Pools: Excise Duties Football Pools: Excise Duties Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: East Kilbride Revenue and Customs: Lanarkshire Revenue and Customs: Lanarkshire Revenue and Customs: Ipswich Tax Evasion Revenue and Customs: Recruitment Revenue and Customs: Recruitment Revenue and Customs: Equal Pay Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Buildings Revenue and Customs: Directors Revenue and Customs: Directors Revenue and Customs: Directors Revenue and Customs: European Anti-Fraud Office Welfare Tax Credits Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments HSBC: Low Pay Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Staff Tax Evasion Revenue and Customs Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection Retail Trade: Taxation Revenue and Customs: Disciplinary Proceedings Revenue and Customs: Apprentices Apprentices: Taxation Revenue and Customs: Apprentices Civil Servants: Codes of Practice Revenue and Customs: Disciplinary Proceedings Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: EU Nationals Loans: Students Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave Revenue and Customs: Work Experience Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Work Experience Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Disciplinary Proceedings Data Protection: EU Law Revenue and Customs: Work Experience Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Cornwall Revenue and Customs: Environment Protection Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave Revenue and Customs: Grievance Procedures Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave Revenue and Customs: Grievance Procedures Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave Taxation: Electronic Government Revenue and Customs: Location Revenue and Customs: Equal Pay Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Finance Revenue and Customs: Staff Civil Servants: Welfare Tax Credits Social Security Benefits: Glasgow South West Revenue and Customs: Staff Asylum: Coronavirus Asylum: Translation Services Asylum: Namibia Immigration: EU Nationals Immigration: EU Nationals Home Office: Universal Credit Passports Home Office: Telephone Services HM Passport Office: Staff HM Passport Office: Staff UK Visas and Immigration: Telephone Services UK Visas and Immigration: Email UK Visas and Immigration: Telephone Services Asylum: Glasgow South West Asylum: Deportation Visas: Married People Asylum: Scotland Asylum: Glasgow South West Asylum: Deportation Asylum: Deportation Compass Contracts Compass Contracts Compass Contracts Compass Contracts Compass Contracts Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Procurement Warships: Procurement Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement Veterans Royal Fleet Auxiliary Royal Fleet Auxiliary Type 31 Frigates Defence: Scotland Royal Fleet Auxiliary Warships: Procurement Type 31 Frigates: Procurement Type 31 Frigates: Antisubmarine Warfare Warships: Shipbuilding Warships: Procurement Warships: Procurement Warships: Shipbuilding Iraq: Turkey Turkey: Politics and Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Interserve Abdullah Öcalan Leyla Guven Syria: Military Intervention Syria: Military Intervention Ramin Hossein Panahi Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Universal Credit Turkey: Elections Turkey: Elections Turkey: Elections Turkey: Elections Syria: Armed Conflict