welfare reform bill

  • Changes in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

    Issue 252 (June 2016)

    The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 received royal assent on 16 March 2016. Mike Spencer summarises the key changes to social security legislation.

  • Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

    Issue 247 (August 2015)

    The Welfare Reform and Work Bill was laid before parliament and given its first reading on 9 July 2015. The second reading took place on 21 July 2015 and CPAG will continue to lobby for amendments to the Bill as it progresses through parliament. Paul Treloar summarises the main points of the Bill.

  • SCoWR letter to Scottish MPs ahead of return of Welfare Reform Bill to Commons


    Following Lords scrutiny of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Bill returned to the Commons in Januray 2012. SCoWR wrote a letter to all Scottish MPs urging them to support the important amendments made to the Bill by the Lords. Whilst grateful to those Scottish MPs who did vote to uphold the amendments we were extremely disappointed by the Commons decision to reject them all.

  • Escalating conditionality

    Issue 225 (December 2011)

    David Simmons describes the new conditionality regime for benefit claimants provided for in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011.

  • SCoWR briefing for House of Lords on Welfare Reform Bill 2011


    In September 2011, SCoWR issued a Welfare Reform Bill 2011 briefing for the House of Lords. It draws on the SCoWR manifesto to set out five key principles for welfare reform agreed by our diverse membership. It calls on the House of Lords to ensure these principles underpin debate and decisions on the Welfare Reform Bill.

  • "Millions risk being worse off" say Scottish welfare campaigners as reform bill published

    February 11, 2011
    press release

    Leading members of the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) today responded

    with concern to the UK Government's welfare reform bill.

    John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, and a leading member of SCoWR said;

    "It is right to want to simplify welfare and help people into work but lack of Treasury funding means this bill risks making millions of households in Scotland and across the UK even worse off as a result of higher benefit withdrawal rates and reduced childcare support.

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  • Charities, unions and faith groups call for welfare debate based on ‘respect not myths’

    June 13, 2011
    press release

    Government Welfare Bill must address inadequate benefit levels, reverse ‘pointless’ and ‘humiliating’ conditions and ensure childcare support allows parents to work

    A coalition of over forty of Scotland’s leading charities, unions and faith groups, is calling on Scotland’s MPs to ensure the Welfare Bill, to be debated in the Commons today (Monday 13th) addresses inadequate benefit levels, rethinks ‘pointless’ and ‘humiliating’ conditions and provides the childcare support needed to allow parents to work.

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  • CPAG statement on Prime Minister's speech and plans to remove benefits from rioters

    August 15, 2011
    press release

    Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept.

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  • Looking for families affected by the benefit cap

    9 August 2016

    This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. We are looking for test cases to legally challenge the benefit cap.

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  • Promoting fairness? Lowering the benefit cap will push more families into poverty


    This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. The Welfare Reform & Work Act 2016 lowers the cap to £23,000 per annum for families (or £15,410 for single claimants) in London and £20,000 for families (or £13,400 for single claimants) outside of London. There are currently 3.9 million children living in poverty. Projections from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that child poverty could rise by 50 per cent by 2020. Tightening the cap and taking away more support from low-income households will have a devastating effect on families and children.