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Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2015-16

Act of Parliament (1)

Full text of the Act of Parliament as passed by Parliament (this is the Act in its original state. The Act may have been amended by another Act and any such amendments are not shown in this version).

Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 c.7
22 March 2016
Commons

Full text of the Bill as introduced and further versions of the Bill as it is reprinted to incorporate amendments (proposals for change) made during its passage through Parliament.

3 March 2016
Lords
Bill 144, Lords Non-Insistence and Amendments in Lieu
1 March 2016
Commons
HL Bill 98 2015-16, Commons disagreements and amendment in lieu
24 February 2016
Lords
Bill 132 2015-16, Lords Amendments to the Bill
10 February 2016
Commons
29 January 2016
Lords
HL Bill 86 2015-16 (as amended in Committee)
13 January 2016
Lords
HL Bill 69 2015-16, as brought from the Commons
28 October 2015
Lords
Bill 81 2015-16 (as amended in Public Bill Committee)
21 October 2015
Commons
9 July 2015
Commons

Tracked changes versions of the Bill, showing amendments made in Committee of the whole House and in Public Bill Committees in the House of Commons. Please note that these are unofficial versions and may not be completely accurate.

Version of the bill showing changes made in committee
22 October 2015
Commons

Tracked changes versions of the Bill, showing amendments made in Committee, Grand Committee or in Special Public Bill Committee in the House of Lords. Please note that these are unofficial versions and may not be completely accurate.

Version of the bill showing changes made in committee
13 January 2016
Lords

Documents to explain the purpose of the Bill.

Full list of amendment papers relating to the Bill. Individual amendment papers will be replaced with consolidated lists before the amendments are discussed. Page and line references in amendment papers refer to the PDF version of the Bill.

Marshalled List of Motions to be moved on Consideration of Commons Reasons
4 March 2016
Lords
Motions to be moved on Consideration of Commons Reasons
3 March 2016
Lords
Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 2 March 2016
2 March 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 29 February 2016
1 March 2016
Commons
Marshalled List of motions and amendments to be moved on consideration of Commons reasons and amendment
26 February 2016
Lords
Motions and Amendments to be moved on Consideration of Commons Reason and Amendment
25 February 2016
Lords
Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments as at 23 February 2016
23 February 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 19 February 2016
22 February 2016
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 11 February 2016
12 February 2016
Commons
Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved on Third Reading
8 February 2016
Lords
4 February 2016
Lords
Amendment to be moved on Report [Supplementary to the Second Marshalled List]
26 January 2016
Lords
Second Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved on Report
25 January 2016
Lords
Amendment to be moved on Report [Supplementary to the Marshalled List]
22 January 2016
Lords
Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved on Report
21 January 2016
Lords
20 January 2016
Lords
19 January 2016
Lords
18 January 2016
Lords
14 January 2016
Lords
Fifth Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved in Committee
8 January 2016
Lords
Fourth Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved in Committee
17 December 2015
Lords
Amendments to be moved in Committee [Supplementary to the Third Marshalled List]
15 December 2015
Lords
Amendments to be moved in Committee [Supplementary to the Third Marshalled List]
11 December 2015
Lords
Third Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved in Committee
10 December 2015
Lords
Revised Second Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved in Committee
8 December 2015
Lords
Second Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved in Committee
7 December 2015
Lords
Revised Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved in Committee
3 December 2015
Lords
Amendments to be moved in Committee [Supplementary to the Marshalled List]
2 December 2015
Lords
Amendments to be moved in Committee [Supplementary to the Marshalled List]
1 December 2015
Lords
Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved in Committee
30 November 2015
Lords
27 November 2015
Lords
26 November 2015
Lords
25 November 2015
Lords
24 November 2015
Lords
19 November 2015
Lords
18 November 2015
Lords
Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 27 October 2015
27 October 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 23 October 2015
26 October 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 22 October 2015
23 October 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 21 October 2015
22 October 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 20 October 2015
20 October 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 15 October 2015
16 October 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 15 October 2015
15 October 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 13 October 2015
14 October 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 13 October 2015
13 October 2015
Commons
9 October 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 17 September 2015
18 September 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 17 September 2015
17 September 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 15 September 2015
16 September 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 15 September 2015
15 September 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 10 September 2015
11 September 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 10 September 2015
10 September 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 8 September 2015
9 September 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 7 September 2015
8 September 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 3 September 2015
3 September 2015
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 2 September 2015
2 September 2015
Commons
22 July 2015
Commons
21 July 2015
Commons

In the House of Commons, amendments are grouped together so that amendments relating to a particular topic or issue are discussed together.

Consideration of Lords Amendments
2 March 2016
Commons
Consideration of Lords Amendments
22 February 2016
Commons
Consideration on Report
26 October 2015
Commons
Consideration in Committee: Selection 5
19 October 2015
Commons
Consideration in Committee: Selection 4
14 October 2015
Commons
Consideration in Committee: Selection 3
12 October 2015
Commons
Consideration in Committee: Selection 2
16 September 2015
Commons
Consideration in Committee: Selection 1
14 September 2015
Commons

Details of proceedings in Public Bill Committee or Committee of the whole House, on any report (consideration) stage, and on any consideration of Lords Amendments or any subsequent Lords Messages. The documents contain the text of amendments considered at each sitting and show whether it was agreed to, negatived (not agreed), not called, not moved or withdrawn.

Proceedings on consideration of Lords Messages as at 2 March 2016
3 March 2016
Commons
Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments as at 23 February 2016
24 February 2016
Commons
Report Stage Proceedings as at 27 October 2015
28 October 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 20 October 2015
21 October 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 15 October 2015
16 October 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 13 October 2015
14 October 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 17 September 2015
18 September 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 15 September 2015
16 September 2015
Commons
Public Bill Committee Proceedings as at 10 September 2015
11 September 2015
Commons

House of Commons Library and House of Lords Library briefing papers aim to be politically impartial, containing factual information as well as a range of opinions on each subject. Briefing papers on Bills are produced before Second Reading and, in the Commons, after Committee Stage.

Committee Stage Report
27 October 2015
Commons
Briefing Paper on Second Reading
16 July 2015
Commons

Archive of press notices related to the Bill.

Schedule of Evidence Welfare Reform and Work Bill
10 September 2015
Commons
Have your say on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill
10 September 2015
Commons

House of Lords Library Notes aim to be politically impartial and are compiled for Members of Parliament and their staff.

House of Lords Library Note
20 January 2016
Lords
Welfare Reform and Work Bill (HL Bill 69 of 2015–16)
10 November 2015
Lords

Written submissions from outside bodies and individuals are circulated to MPs appointed to examine the Bill during committee stage in a Public Bill Committee. The following written submissions were sent to this committee.

Commons Committee stage

Written Evidence: Consolidated pdf version
4 November 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA) (WRW75)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: DisabledViewUk (WRW76)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: Framework Housing Association (WRW77)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: Sovereign Housing (WRW78)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: Camden Council (WRW79)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: Your Housing Group, Devonshires Business Advisory Services (DBAS) (WRW80)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: Citizens Advice Scotland (WRW81)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: The Children's Society - further submission (WRW83)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: Cllr Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Co-operatives and Housing, Plymouth CityCouncil (WRW84)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: Equality and Human Rights Commission (WRW85)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) (WRW86)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence: Liverpool City Council (WRW82)
20 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - ENABLE Scotland (WRW65)
16 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Plymouth City Council Cabinet Advisory Group on Child Poverty (WRW66)
16 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (WRW67)
16 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Southampton City Council (WRW68)
16 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Gingerbread (WRW69)
16 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - UNISON (WRW70)
16 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - David Hall (WRW71)
16 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Disability Rights UK (WRW73)
16 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Knowsley Council (WRW74)
16 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Interlink Foundation, Agudas Israel of Great Britain and the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (WRW44)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Chartered Institute of Housing (WRW46)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Gipton Supported Independent Living (GIPSIL) (WRW47)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Chwarae Teg (WRW48)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Remploy (WRW50)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Money Advice Trust (WRW51)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - PCS Union (WRW52)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - The Almshouse Association (WRW53)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Equity (WRW54)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Council of Mortgage Lenders (WRW56)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Harry Warner (WRW57)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Trades Union Congress (WRW58)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Emma Hauxwell (WRW59)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Capsticks LLP (WRW60)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Kinship Care Alliance (WRW61)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Wigan Council, and Wigan and Leigh Homes (WRW62)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Cllr Gary Porter, Chair, LGA (WRW63)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - End Child Poverty Coalition (WRW45)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Radian (WRW55)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Parkinsons' UK (WRW64)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Oxfam (WRW49)
14 October 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Shelter (WRW35)
18 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence -Barnardo’s (WRW36)
18 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Action for Children (WRW37)
18 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Inclusion London (WRW38)
18 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - RNIB (WRW39)
18 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (WRW34)
18 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - The Children's Society (WRW40)
18 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Association of Retained Council Housing (WRW41)
18 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - 4Children (WRW42)
18 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - The Riverside Group Ltd (Riverside) (WRW24)
16 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - TPAS (WRW25)
16 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Carers UK (WRW26)
16 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - National Autistic Society (WRW27)
16 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - The Abbeyfield Society (WRW28)
16 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - StepChange (WRW29)
16 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Motor Neurone Disease Association (WRW30)
16 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Le Personne Benevolent Trust (WRW31)
16 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - St Mungo’s Broadway (WRW32)
16 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Residential Landlords Association (WRW33)
16 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Homeless Link (WRW01)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Taxpayers Against Poverty (WRW02)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Elina Rigler (WRW03)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Disability Benefits Consortium (WRW04)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Manchester and Warrington Area Quaker Meeting Social Justice Group (WRW05)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Local Government Association (WRW06)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - NAT (National AIDS Trust) and HIV Scotland (WRW07)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) (WRW08)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Melissa Ball (WRW09)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Macmillan Cancer Support (WRW10)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Leonard Cheshire Disability (WRW11)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Timewise Foundation (WRW12)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Association of Colleges (WRW13)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Professor Jonathan Bradshaw (WRW14)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Joseph Rowntree Foundation (WRW15)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Mencap (WRW17)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Quakers in Britain (WRW18)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Scope (WRW19)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Unite (WRW20)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Crisis (WRW21)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Action for M.E. (WRW16)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - Centre for Mental Health, Hafal, the Mental Health Foundation, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Scottish Association for Mental Health (WRW22)
11 September 2015
Commons
Written Evidence - National Housing Federation (WRW23)
11 September 2015
Commons

List of related Impact Assessments

Impact Assessment of Social Rent Reductions
28 September 2015
Impact Assessment for the benefit cap
20 July 2015
Impact Assessment of the change in conditionality for responsible carers on Universal Credit
20 July 2015
Impact Assessment to remove the ESA Work-Related Activity Component and the UC Limited Capability for Work Element for new claims
20 July 2015
Impact Assessment of the Benefit rate freeze
20 July 2015
Impact Assessment for Converting Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) from a benefit into a Loan
20 July 2015
Impact Assessment of Tax Credits and Universal Credit, changes to Child Element and Family Element
20 July 2015

Occasionally questions put to government Ministers during debates on Bills in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords may be answered by the Minister saying 'I will write to the Hon Member'. Such “will write” replies are not published in Hansard but are placed in the Library of the House concerned and published on the Parliamentary website.

Letter dated 15/03/2016 from Lord Freud to Baroness Meacher regarding the issue of claimant suicide raised during the Welfare Reform and Work Bill Lords Consideration of Commons reasons debate
17 March 2016
Letter dated 08/02/2016 regarding the second sitting of the Lords Report Stage and moving from Working Tax Credit to Universal Credit
8 February 2016
Letter dated 03/02/2016 from Lord Freud to Earl of Listowel regarding a question on the future of health visitors.
3 February 2016
Letter dated 22/12/2015 from Lord Freud to Peers regarding issues raised at the Committee stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill
22 December 2015
Table showing the costs of income-related working age support (excluding housing/Council Tax support) as referenced in letter from Lord Freud dated 22/12/2015
22 December 2015
Letter dated 22/12/2015 from Lord Freud and Baroness Evans regarding issues raised during the Committee stage
22 December 2015
Welfare Reform and Work Bill policy brief addendum: Clause 15 (as referenced in letter from Lord Freud dated 22/12/2015)
22 December 2015
Welfare Reform and Work Bill policy brief addendum: Clauses 13 & 14 (as referenced in letter from Lord Freud dated 22/12/2015)
22 December 2015

Full transcripts

Commons Committee stage

21 October 2015
Commons
16 October 2015
Commons
16 October 2015
Commons
14 October 2015
Commons
14 October 2015
Commons
18 September 2015
Commons
18 September 2015
Commons
16 September 2015
Commons
16 September 2015
Commons
11 September 2015
Commons
11 September 2015
Commons

Commons 1st reading

9 July 2015
Commons

Commons 2nd reading

20 July 2015
Commons

Commons Programme motion

Programme motion
20 July 2015
Commons

Commons Money resolution

Money resolution
20 July 2015
Commons

Commons Programme motion

Programme motion
13 October 2015
Commons

Commons Report stage

27 October 2015
Commons

Commons 3rd reading

27 October 2015
Commons

Lords 1st reading

1st reading (Hansard)
28 October 2015
Lords
1st reading (Minutes)
28 October 2015
Lords

Lords 2nd reading

2nd reading (Hansard)
17 November 2015
Lords
2nd reading (Minutes)
17 November 2015
Lords

Lords Committee stage

Committee: 5th sitting (Hansard)
12 January 2016
Lords
Committee: 5th sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
12 January 2016
Lords
Committee: 4th sitting (Hansard)
21 December 2015
Lords
Committee: 4th sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
21 December 2015
Lords
Committee: 3rd sitting (Hansard)
14 December 2015
Lords
Committee: 3rd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
14 December 2015
Lords
Committee: 2nd sitting (Hansard)
9 December 2015
Lords
Committee: 2nd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
9 December 2015
Lords
Committee: 1st sitting (Hansard)
7 December 2015
Lords
Committee: 1st sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
7 December 2015
Lords

Lords Report stage

Report: 2nd sitting (Hansard)
27 January 2016
Lords
Report: 2nd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings)
27 January 2016
Lords
Report: 1st sitting
25 January 2016
Lords
Report stage (Minutes of Proceedings)
25 January 2016
Lords

Lords 3rd reading

3rd reading (Hansard)
9 February 2016
Lords
3rd reading (Minutes of Proceedings
9 February 2016
Lords

Commons Consideration of Lords amendments

23 February 2016
Commons

Commons Programme motion

Programme motion
23 February 2016
Commons

Lords Consideration of Commons amendments

Ping Pong (Hansard)
29 February 2016
Lords
Ping Pong (Minutes of Proceedings)
29 February 2016
Lords

Commons Consideration of Lords amendments

2 March 2016
Commons

Lords Consideration of Commons amendments

Ping Pong (Hansard)
7 March 2016
Lords
Ping Pong (Minutes of Proceedings)
7 March 2016
Lords

Royal Assent

Royal Assent (Hansard)
16 March 2016
Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings)
16 March 2016

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Commons Programme motion

Programme motion
27 October 2015
Commons