welfare reform

  • The indignity of the Welfare Reform Act

    Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)
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    At the 101st session of its conference in June this year, the International Labour Organization agreed Recommendation 202 on national social protection floors. Esoteric though it sounds, this sets standard that has the potential to require the radical upgrading of the British social security system. Robert Walker, Elaine Chase and Ivar Lødemel provide an overview of the Recommendation’s context, and argue why its rights-based approach and emphasis on dignity matter to UK anti-poverty programmes.

  • Tracking the impacts of welfare reform in Scotland

    The Scottish Government has published its fourth and final annual report on the impacts of welfare reform in Scotland, looking back to reforms introduced since 2010 and looking ahead to 2020. The report focuses on the financial impacts of welfare reform which are expected to reduce annual spending in Scotland by £3.9 billion by 2020/21. The report is comprehensive in its findings in relation to the financial impacts but what does this mean for the families affected?

  • Universal credit: universal panacea?

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
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    David Simmons takes a look at the Government’s intention to replace the main means-tested benefits for working-age claimants with a universal credit.

  • Welfare reform


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    The Welfare Reform Act 2012 received Royal Assent on 8 March 2012.

  • Welfare Reform Bill: second reading briefing from CPAG

    March 2011
    briefing

    This briefing written for MPs summarises CPAG's position on the Welfare Reform Bill 2011 as at March 2011, our fourteen key concerns and our ten principles for welfare reform.

  • What is happening to discretionary housing payments?


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    If you had heard the Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, reassuring MP on Monday this week about future funding levels of Discretionary Housing Payments (which help vulnerable families hit by housing benefit cuts to meet their rent payments and prevent homelessness), you would be forgiven for believing that, on this issue, the Government was making adequate resources available to meet needs. And no-one would blame you for not realising that funding for this lifeline has been cut by 24% for next year.

  • What is welfare reform and how is it affecting families?

    20 June 2016
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    Download our new resource for people who work with low-income families. To help you think about how changes to the benefit system affect the families that you work with and what you can do to help.

    The information in this booklet is based on findings from CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System.

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  • White Paper on Universal Credit: submission to Work and Pensions Committee

    December 2010
    briefing

    The White Paper Universal Credit: welfare that works set out the Coalition Government’s plans to reform the welfare system by creating a new universal credit. CPAG's response, while supporting the core aims of simplicity and increased work incentives, expresses our concern that the Government is embarking on such an ambitious and potentially risky programme of reform in such haste, in the context of extensive cuts