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


  • Factsheet - Personal independence payment


    factsheet

    This factsheet explains the new benefit that started to replace disability living allowance for working age claimants from April 2013.

    The information in this factsheet is relevant UK-wide.

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


    factsheet

    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)
    article

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

  • What is replacing the social fund?

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
    article

    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)
    article

    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)
    article

    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)
    article

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

  • Whither the WCA?

    Issue 230 (October 2012)
    article

    Simon Osborne considers prospects for reform and other change to the work capability assessment.

  • Universal credit and related regulations: response to the SSAC’s call for evidence

    July 2012
    briefing

    This is CPAG’ s response to the Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the draft universal credit and related regulations.

    The submission highlights our concerns that in many instances simplification is a mask for cuts, as complex but important features of the current system are replaced with less generous provision.

  • Great expectations dashed as PIP plans mature

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    Proposals to replace disability living allowance (DLA) for working age adults with a new personal independence payment (PIP) have emerged relatively unscathed from parliamentary scrutiny of the Welfare Reform Act 2012. Jon Shaw updates on the changes that were made and the current consultations on the proposals.