Welfare Benefits (Adequacy, Debt and Deductions) Bill 2023-24


require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the potential merits of prohibiting the making of deductions from certain social security benefits within the first six months of a claim, of restricting the making of deductions in cases where a claimant is at risk of hardship, of reducing the maximum proportion of a claim that may be deducted, and of changing the priority order in which debt repayments are recovered by deductions; to require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the adequacy of the rate at which social security benefits are paid; to require the Secretary of State to publish a strategy for increasing the availability of free debt and money advice for people claiming social security benefits; and for connected purposes.

Private Members' Bill (Presentation Bill)

What is this Bill?

The Welfare Benefits (Adequacy, Debt and Deductions) Bill is a Presentation Bill tabled by David Linden.

Is this Bill currently before Parliament?

Yes. This Bill was introduced on 13 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 (David Linden), 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 17th May 2024 - 2nd reading
Order Paper number: 7
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

Last Event: Wednesday 13th December 2023 - 1st reading (Commons)

Bill Progession through Parliament

Commons - 20%

Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages

17th May 2024
2nd reading (Commons)
13th December 2023
1st reading (Commons)