welfare reform

  • Tax credits 'calamity' hammers 200,000 families

    2 May 2012
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    Over 200,000 families will lose their entire working tax credit support, worth £3,870

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  • The future of Local Welfare Assistance Schemes

    This week, the government committed to making a fresh decision on how Local Welfare Assistance Schemes (LWAS) (also called Local Welfare Provision) will be funded in 2015/16. Their decision will be informed by a thorough examination of how schemes are functioning, and the needs of those that benefit from them - great news for the vulnerable people that rely on them in times of need.

  • The importance of local welfare assistance

    Maria is one of thousands of parents up and down the country who have received support from their council through local welfare provision funding. She was living with her abusive partner and her child, with no access to the household’s money, and no family in the country.

  • 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
    news

    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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