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Welfare Reform and Work Bill receives Royal Assent 18/03/2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill completed its passage through Parliament and received Royal Assent on Wednesday 16 March.


We previously reported that the Bill was in "ping pong" between the Commons and Lords in pursuit of a version on which both can agree. 


All outstanding issues were resolved on 7 March 2016 when the Lords withdrew its objections to Clauses 13 and 14, the Commons having refused to accept amendments proposed by the Lords to these clauses.


Matthew Warburton, ARCH Policy Adviser, has produced a briefing on the provisions of the Act relating to social housing rents.


The Act provides for mandatory reductions in social housing rents over the next four years from April 2016 and most stock retained councils have had to take decisions on rents for 2016/17 in advance of the Bill receiving Royal Assent.


The DCLG has informed us that they intend to lay the associated Regulations as soon as possible. (DCLG cannot lay the Regulations until the day after Royal Assent at the earliest). They hope to have Ministers make the Regulations within the next few days, however this will depend on their availability.


The DCLG has advised us that they also intend to publish plain English guidance on how providers should apply the reductions on the DCLG website, together with links to relevant legislation and other documents.


We'll advise our members as soon as the information is available.

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