The Commission welcomes the aim of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to encourage and help more people to work, where they are able to.
However, we have concerns that some of the measures in the Bill could exacerbate, rather than reduce, existing inequalities and that they may undermine progress towards fulfilment of the UK's obligations under national and international human rights law.
The Commission has already raised its concerns that the impact assessments and human rights memorandum which accompany the Bill do not fully assess the effect of the Bill on equality and human rights.
This may make it difficult for Parliamentarians to properly consider the Bill's implications.
This briefing supports:
- Amendment 35 to Clause 11
- Amendments 36, 37 and 38 to Clause 12
- Amendment 41 to Clause 13
- Amendment 44 to Clause 14.
Clauses 11 and 12
Amendments 35, 36, 37 and 38
Last updated: 22 Apr 2016