MPs debate motions on social security and the state pension

08 February 2016

MPs debated motions to approve the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2016, and the draft State Pension (Amendment) Regulations 2016 in the House of Commons on Monday 8 February 2016.

MPs approved both the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2016 and the draft State Pension (Amendment) Regulations 2016 without a division.

Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2016

The draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2016 was laid before Parliament on 25 January 2016.

State Pension (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The draft State Pension (Amendment) Regulations 2016 were laid before Parliament on 18 January 2016.

Related information

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has published briefing papers on the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2016 and the State Pension (Amendment) Regulation 2016.

Statutory Instruments

Statutory Instruments are a type of delegated legislation. Delegated legislation allows the Government to make changes to a law without needing to push through a completely new Act of Parliament.

The original Act (also known as primary legislation) would have provisions that allow for future delegated legislation to alter the law to differing degrees.

These changes range from the technical, like altering the level of a fine, to fleshing out Acts with greater detail; often an Act contains only a broad framework of its purpose and more complex content is added through delegated legislation.

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

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