The House of Lords will start deliberations on 13th
September on the Welfare Reform Bill.
The general debate on all aspects of the Bill takes
place on 13th September. A List of expected
speakers, updated regularly, can be found on the
Lords Government Whips Office website.
Summary of the Bill
The Bill provides for the introduction of a "Universal
Credit" to replace a range of existing means-tested
benefits and tax credits for people of working age,
starting from 2013.
The Bill follows the November 2010 White Paper,
"Universal Credit: welfare that works" which set out
the Coalition Government's proposal for reforming
welfare to improve work incentives, simplify the
benefits system and tackle administrative
Besides introducing Universal Credit and related
measures, the Bill makes other significant changes
to the benefits system.
Key Areas being:
Introducing Personal Independence Payments to
replace the current Disability Living Allowance.
Restricting Housing Benefit entitlement for Social
Housing Tenants whose accommodation is larger
than they need.
Up rates Local Housing Allowances by the
Consumer Price index.
Amends the forthcoming Statutory Child
Limits the payment of contributory Employment and
Support Allowance to a 12 month period.
Caps the total amount of benefit that can be claimed.
During the Committee Stage, the Government
amended the Bill to provide for the establishment of
a Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.
Many of these items are controversial to say the
You need to email the Lords and get active on this
with any objections as the Lords START on
ratifications/ discussions etc
on 13th September.