Under-Occupancy Penalty (Report) Bill 2023-24


require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the merits of repealing those provisions of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 which provide for persons to be paid reduced rates of housing benefit or universal credit because their accommodation is deemed to be under-occupied.

Private Members' Bill (Presentation Bill)

What is this Bill?

The Under-Occupancy Penalty (Report) Bill is a Presentation Bill tabled by Chris Stephens.

Is this Bill currently before Parliament?

Yes. This Bill was introduced on 11 December 2023 and is currently before Parliament.

Whose idea is this Bill?

As a Private Members' Bill, this Bill represents the individual initiative of an MP (Chris Stephens), not the Government.

What type of Bill is this?

A Presentation Bill can be tabled by any MP after the fifth Wednesday of the Session. There is no limit to the number of Presentation Bills an individual MP may table.

So is this going to become a law?

Presentation Bills are extremely unlikely to become law. Unless the Bill receives unanimous support from MPs and can pass 2nd Reading in the Commons without debate, it will not proceed further in the Bill process.

Would you like to know more?

See these Glossary articles for more information: Presentation Bill, Private Members Bill, Process of a Bill

Official Bill Page

Next Event: Friday 1st March 2024 - 2nd reading
Order Paper number: 14
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

Last Event: Monday 11th December 2023 - 1st reading (Commons)

Bill Progession through Parliament

Commons - 20%

Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages

1st March 2024
2nd reading (Commons)
11th December 2023
1st reading (Commons)