The UK Government has stated that a review will be done that looks into the operations of Parliament after its losses in the House of Lords concerning potentially problematic tax credit cuts.
Downing Street stated that it would analyse how to safeguard the capacity of elected governments to protect their business.
However, the government is being accused of unnerving the House of Lords by Labour.
Lord Strathclyde, former leader of the House of Lords will lead the review which approaches as Tory MPs remain angry at the decision of the House of Lords to postpone cuts to tax credits and to reimburse in full those affected.
The tax credit alterations have been approved three times by the MPs, and ministers have queried right of the Lords to call the Commons into question over such a serious financial issue, saying it went against long-standing historical standards.
Customarily, the House of Lords is not supposed to hinder financial legislation that has been backed by the MPs.
Although Downing Street did not indicate a timeline for the review, they did say that the panel of experts would be chosen by Lord Strathclyde who has been in the service of the Cabinet for over three years.
John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor, stated that he hopes to see a reform strategy for the House of Lords due to his support of an elected House of Lords.
He expressed concern that this review was set up simply because the government didn’t have its way in intimidating the House of Lords. He went to say that in his opinion, people would be opposed to it because it appears as bullying the Lords due to the fact that they did not support Conservative party policy.
In the House of Lords, the government does not have a majority, unlike in the House of Commons. Since May, the government has endured 19 defeats in the House of Lords.
Those against the government say that it has messed up the display of its tax credits policy. The critics also say that the government sought to pass the alterations through a statutory implement instead of a money bill, which cannot be challenged by the Lords, to hinder a debate.
Lord Forsyth, a Conservative peer, suggested that one of the solutions would be for the Lords to be assigned unrestricted power to change or delay secondary legislation in exchange for relinquishing the power to vote against such measures.