Universal Credit Sanctions (Zero Hours Contracts) Bill (HC Bill 406)




Amend the Welfare Reform Act 2012 to provide that a Universal Credit
claimant may not be sanctioned for refusing work on a zero hours contract;
and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Amendment of the Welfare Reform Act 2012

(1) The Welfare Reform Act 2012 is amended as follows.

(2) After section 27 (other sanctions) insert—

27A Exception for refusing a zero hours contract

(1) 5No reduction in an award of universal credit may be made under
section 26 or 27 because a claimant has refused a zero hours contract.

(2) In this Act, “zero hours contract” has the same meaning as in section
27A of the Employment Rights Act 1996.”

2 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) 10This Act extends to England and Wales and Scotland only.

(2) This Act comes into force 90 days after the day on which it is passed.

(3) This Act may be cited as the Universal Credit Sanctions (Zero Hours Contracts)
Act 2019.