Read transcripts of debates in both Houses
Produced by Commons Library, Lords Library and Parliamentary Office Science and Technology
Search for Members by name, postcode, constituency and party
Learn about their experience, knowledge and interests
Celebrating people who have made Parliament a positive, inclusive working environment
Four staff networks for people to discuss and consider issues.
2018 marks 100 years since some women, and all men, could vote. Find out how you can join in
Sign up for the Your Parliament newsletter to find out how you can get involved
Take a tour of Parliament and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea by the River Thames
See some of the sights you’ll encounter on a tour of Parliament
Book a school visit, classroom workshop or teacher-training session
Access videos, worksheets, lesson plans and games
The House of Lords Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee takes evidence from Kitty Ussher MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), from 3.45pm.
On 15 December, the DWP laid the Social Security (Housing Costs Special Arrangements) (Amendment and Modification) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/3195). The Regulations make several changes to the rules on payment of mortgage interest to benefit claimants:
DWP carried out no formal consultation on the Regulations and brought them into force in the first week of January. The Department have said that, because of rising unemployment and increasing household repossessions, the matter is sufficiently urgent that it would be "inexpedient" to consult the Social Security Advisory Committee about the proposals before bringing them into effect.
The Merits Committee has previously criticised the DWP for failing to provide Parliament with adequate information about statutory instruments changing benefit rules. The Committee have invited the Minister to explain the effect of the regulations in more detail, and to ask why the Department appears not to have taken account of those earlier criticisms in presenting the latest Regulations to Parliament.
Image: Parliamentary copyright
More news on: Parliament, government and politics, Parliament, Lords news, Parliamentary business, Committee news, Social services