26th February

The Simple Politics guide to next week in Parliament.
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Don't take your eye off the ball!

The date for the EU referendum has been set! If you’re unsure of which way you’ll be voting, remember to check out our EU quiz and keep an eye out for all our upcoming coverage. We keep it simple, even when others don’t. There is, though, lots more going on. Laws are still being passed. Don't let the months and months of EU chat distract you from real life changes.
Welfare Reform and Work Bill

This is intended to encourage people into work but is very controversial. It will create an annual benefits cap of £13,400 (£20,000 for those in London).

It will also freeze social security benefits (pensions, jobseekers etc) and tax credits for 4 years and limit child benefit to 2 children per family.
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Housing and Planning Bill
This aims to increase home ownership by extending the right-to-buy to housing association tenants and creating more ‘starter homes’ at a 20% discount for first-time buyers.
Critics say these ‘starter homes’ will still be unaffordable for most people, and that the social housing stock won’t be easy to replace.
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Scotland Bill

This will act on the promises made to Scotland before the independence referendum, giving more tax and welfare powers to the Scottish Parliament.

The SNP argue that these powers don't go far enough - they still don’t have full control over tax credits and can only keep half of VAT receipts.
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Simple Politics Law of the Week: Scotland Bill
Here's our video guide to the Scotland Bill. It continues in the Lords this week.
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