Housing benefit reform legislation delayed
Legislation that will allow controversial reforms of housing benefit to go ahead has been delayed until the autumn.
The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed the Welfare Reform Bill will not now receive its second reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday as planned. It will now be debated after parliament returns from the summer recess on 5 September.
The bill introduces a new universal credit, capped at £26,000 a year, which will replace all other welfare payments. It would also allow councils to discharge their homelessness duty by placing applicants in the private rented sector, and allow housing payments to be cut for people who are deemed to be under occupying their homes.
A DWP spokesperson denied the bill has been delayed due to peers’ concerns about the impact of the reforms, saying the change of date is due to ‘other parliamentary business’.