benefit cap

  • Parliamentary briefing on 'welfare cap' and Charter for Budgetary Responsiblity

    March 2014
    briefing

    At the Budget in March 2014, the government announced it would be amending the Charter for Budgetary Responsibility to implement a new 'welfare cap' policy.

  • Bedroom tax

    Level: Standard

    training course
    The controversial ‘bedroom tax’ has seen thousands of the  lowest-income households lose some housing benefit and has been responsible for an alarming rise in rent arrears. This course looks at the benefit issues that the measure throws up one year on with particular reference to an update on the varied legal challenges that have emerged.

    It includes:

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  • Single mothers lose legal challenge to the benefit cap

    Issue 237 (December 2013)
    article

    Three single-parent families lost their judicial review challenge to the regulations implementing the £500 weekly cap on benefits in R(JS and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] EWHC 3350 (QB). Mike Spencer discusses the ruling and the implications for other families affected by the benefit cap.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


    page

    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.

  • Benefit cap Freedom of Information request

    July 2013
    briefing

    According to the government, the benefit cap will ensure that families claiming out of work benefits receive no more in support that the average working household

    However, this Freedom of Information request made by CPAG shows that actual net median earnings for 2011-12 (the most recent year available) were £564 a week. The £500 a week benchmark, then, falls some way short of reality.

  • Welfare reform in 2013

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
    article

    2013 is a landmark year in welfare reform. Simon Osborne outlines the main changes.

  • Editorial: low-income families face another bleak year

    Issue 141 (Spring 2013)
    article

    Looking back at how low-income families fared in 2012 is a dispiriting exercise: minimal wage rises, the escalating price of essentials and benefit cuts all conspired to make it a dismal year.  Sadly, 2013 looks set to be no better: this year we will see, among other things, the introduction of the benefit cap which, for the first time since the 1970s, disconnects assistance from assessed need; the localisation of the social fund and of council tax benefit, which will result in many low-income families having to find the funds to pay council tax in the future; and the advent of the tougher regimes of both universal credit and personal independence payment.

  • Welfare reform – early impacts

    Issue 231 (December 2012)
    article

    Kate Bell looks gives an overview of what early research has uncovered about the future impact of welfare reform.

  • Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    Do acts speak louder than words? Edward Graham gives a round-up of the changes on their way.

  • Spending Review – more cuts

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.