Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (HL Bill 78)

A

BILL

TO

Make provision relating to the up-rating of certain social security benefits and
tax credits.

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 Up-rating of certain social security benefits for tax years 2014-15 and 2015-16

(1) The Secretary of State must, in each of the tax years ending with 5 April 2014
and 5 April 2015, make an order by statutory instrument increasing each of the
relevant sums by 1%.

5For the meaning of the “relevant sums” see paragraph 1 of the Schedule.

For the meaning of the “relevant sums” see paragraph 1 of the Schedule.

(2) An order under this section must be framed so as to bring the variations to
which it relates into force—

(a) in the week beginning with the first Monday in the tax year following
10that in which the order is made, or

(b) on an earlier date in April specified in the order;

and the provision that may be made under this subsection includes provision
bringing the variation in a particular sum into force on different dates for
different purposes.

(3) 15The Secretary of State may, in providing for an increase under subsection (1),
adjust the amount of the increase so as to round any sum up or down to the
extent the Secretary of State thinks appropriate.

(4) After making an order under this section, the Secretary of State must lay before
Parliament a copy of a report by the Government Actuary or the Deputy
20Government Actuary giving that Actuary’s opinion on the likely effect on the
National Insurance Fund of the parts of the order that relate to sums payable
out of the Fund.

(5) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a tax year if, on the review in that
tax year under section 150(1) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992,
25the Secretary of State determines that the general level of prices in Great Britain

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has not increased, or has increased by less than 1%, over the period under
review.

(6) Where subsection (1) applies in relation to a tax year, the draft of any up-rating
order laid before Parliament by virtue of the review in that tax year under
5section 150(1) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 must not include
provision increasing any of the relevant sums.

(7) In this section a reference to the Secretary of State, in relation to the sums
mentioned in section 150(1)(i) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992,
is a reference to the Treasury.

(8) 10A reference in any enactment, other than this Act and sections 189 and 190 of
the Social Security Administration Act 1992, to an order under section 150 of
that Act includes a reference to an order under this section.

(9) Nothing in section 166 of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland)
Act 1992 applies in relation to an order made by the Treasury under section 132
15of that Act which corresponds to an order made under this section.

2 Up-rating of tax credits for tax years 2014-15 and 2015-16

(1) The Treasury must, in each of the tax years ending with 5 April 2014 and
5 April 2015, make an order by statutory instrument increasing each of the
relevant amounts by 1%.

20For the meaning of the “relevant amounts” see paragraph 2 of the Schedule.

For the meaning of the “relevant amounts” see paragraph 2 of the Schedule.

(2) An order under this section must be framed so that it has effect in relation to
awards of tax credits for the tax year following that in which the order is made.

(3) The Treasury may, in providing for an increase under subsection (1), adjust the
25amount of the increase so as to round any amount up or down to the extent the
Treasury think appropriate.

(4) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a tax year if, on the review in that
tax year under section 41 of the Tax Credits Act 2002, the Treasury determine
that the general level of prices in the United Kingdom has not increased, or has
30increased by less than 1%, over the period under review.

(5) Where subsection (1) applies in relation to a tax year, the Treasury must not
exercise any other power to vary any of the relevant amounts if that variation
would take effect in relation to awards of tax credits for the tax year following
that in which the order is made.

3 35Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Act 2013.

(2) In this Act “tax year” means a period beginning with 6 April in one year and
ending with 5 April in the next.

(3) This section comes into force on the day on which this Act is passed.

(4) 40The other provisions of this Act come into force on such day as the Secretary of
State or the Treasury may by order made by statutory instrument appoint; and
different days may be appointed for different purposes.

(5) Section 1(1) to (7) and paragraph 1 of the Schedule extend to England and
Wales and Scotland only.

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(6) Section 1(9) extends to Northern Ireland only.

(7) The other provisions of this Act extend to England and Wales, Scotland and
Northern Ireland.

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Sections 1 and 2

Schedule Meaning of the “relevant sums” and the “relevant amounts”

The “relevant sums” for the purposes of section 1

1 The “relevant sums” for the purposes of section 1 are the sums—

(a) 5specified in paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Income Support
(General) Regulations 1987 (S.I. 1987/1967S.I. 1987/1967);

(b) specified in paragraph 1 of Schedule 3 to the Housing Benefit
Regulations 2006 (S.I. 2006/213S.I. 2006/213);

(c) mentioned in section 150(1)(i) and (j) of the Social Security
10Administration Act 1992;

(d) specified in regulations under section 4(2) of the Jobseekers Act 1995;

(e) specified in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the Jobseeker’s Allowance
Regulations 1996 (S.I. 1996/207S.I. 1996/207);

(f) specified in regulations under section 2(1)(a) of the Welfare Reform
15Act 2007;

(g) specified in regulations under section 2(4)(c) of the Welfare Reform
Act 2007, so far as relating to the component under section 2(3) of
that Act;

(h) specified in paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 to the Employment and
20Support Allowance Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2008/794S.I. 2008/794);

(i) specified in regulations under section 4(6)(c) of the Welfare Reform
Act 2007, so far as relating to the component under section 4(5) of
that Act;

(j) specified in regulations under section 9(2) of the Welfare Reform Act
252012;

(k) specified in regulations under section 10(3) of the Welfare Reform
Act 2012 in respect of an amount to be included under section 10(2)
of that Act (but where more than one sum is so specified, only the
smaller or smallest of those sums is a “relevant sum”);

(l) 30specified in regulations under section 12(3) of the Welfare Reform
Act 2012 in respect of needs or circumstances of a claimant
prescribed by virtue of section 12(2)(a) of that Act (but not in respect
of needs or circumstances prescribed by virtue of section 12(2)(b)).

The “relevant amounts” for the purposes of section 2

2 35The “relevant amounts” for the purposes of section 2 are the monetary
amounts—

(a) specified in Schedule 2 to the Working Tax Credit (Entitlement and
Maximum Rate) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/2005S.I. 2002/2005) for the basic
element, the 30 hour element, the second adult element and the lone
40parent element;

(b) specified in regulation 7(4)(c) and (f) of the Child Tax Credit
Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/2007S.I. 2002/2007).