Welfare reform

Welfare Rights - Welfare Reform block

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 became law on 8 March 2012. The Act introduces a wide range of reforms to the benefits and tax credits system.

This page lists all our resources on welfare reform. See also our page on universal credit.

Key resources

  • Local welfare assistance schemes


    Your local welfare assistance scheme (LWAS) can help you if you are in urgent need following an emergency or unforeseen event and have no other source of help. The schemes are run by local councils and they vary. You may be able to get vouchers to pay for food, fuel or clothing or bigger basic living items such as beds, cookers and fridges. You can’t usually get cash.

    Note: CPAG cannot give advice to members of the public and does not process applications for LWAS payments. Advisers can contact our advice line.

  • 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.

  • Benefit cuts: who is hurting?

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Paul Treloar, Advice and Rights Manager at CPAG, describes recent research on the impact of benefit cuts.

  • Welfare reform in-house training


    We have a range of expert training on welfare reforms to help frontline staff support clients already coping with benefit problems and to get ready for changes still ahead.

    We can help design a training package for your organisation. Choose from a wide range of options covering all areas of welfare reform, from basic level training to more detailed training for those with a working knowledge of the benefits system.

  • Welfare reform: what it means to families at risk of poverty


    The Coalition Government has targeted the social security budget with unprecedented cuts in expenditure totalling £22 billion a year by 2014-15.

    This factsheet is a summary of the reforms, and the impact on families.

  • Welfare reform in 2013

    Issue 233 (April 2013)

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

  • What is replacing the social fund?

    Issue 233 (April 2013)

    David Simmons looks at alternative provision following the abolition of the discretionary social fund (SF) from 1 April 2013.

  • HB deductions for under-occupying social housing

    Issue 232 (February 2013)

    David Simmons examines new rules which restrict the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social housing tenants with excess bedrooms.

    Note: this article was edited on 21/03/2013 to correct an error- see note at end of article.

  • Taking candy from a baby

    Issue 231 (December 2012)

    Mark Willis explains how the rules designed to restrict child benefit for ‘high earners’ are meant to work.

  • Welfare reform – early impacts

    Issue 231 (December 2012)

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