What’s on in Parliament in coming week commencing 13th June

Business opens on Monday with Work and Pensions questions in the Commons, before MPs move on to the report stage of Iain Duncan Smith’s sweeping Welfare Reform Bill, which abolishes Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and replaces them all with the new Universal Credit.

On Wednesday, Commons business begins with Cabinet Office questions – an opportunity, perhaps, for Labour MPs to taunt the Conservative backroom policy mastermind Oliver Letwin over his comments about the undesirability of people from Sheffield taking holidays abroad. That is followed by Prime Minister’s Questions, which has been a pretty disappointing, low level slanging match for some weeks now. Even the pre-scripted soundbites have been pretty poor of late. Then MPs move on to the final consideration of the Welfare Reform Bill.



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