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  • Redefining Child Poverty Doesn't Tackle the Issue - The Government Must Show That All Kids Count


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    After some time on the back-foot, if not in headlong retreat, common sense won out last night in the latest stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill's passage through parliament.

  • SCoWR briefing on the Report Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill


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

  • SCoWR briefing on the Welfare Reform Bill


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    In January 2009, SCoWR issued a briefing in advance of the second reading of the Welfare Reform Bill highlighting concerns that the proposed reforms to welfare provision will fail to tackle poverty and, in some cases, may even exacerbate it due to increasing conditionality, inadequate benefit levels, inadequate resources for delivery and a failure to take account of devolved issues.

  • SCoWR briefing on the Welfare Reform Bill, Lords 2nd Reading Debate


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    In April 2009, SCoWR issued a briefing in advance of the Lords second reading of the Welfare Reform Bill, calling for a delay in Scotland in the introduction of the Bill’s provisions relating to 'work for your benefit' and the abolition of income support until such time as adequate affordable childcare is in place.

  • SCoWR briefing supporting amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill


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    In February 2009, SCoWR issued a briefing supporting amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill tabled by John Roberston MP at Committee Stage in the House of Commons seeking, at the very least, Ministerial commitment not to introduce new “work for your benefit” or “work related activity” conditions until such time as Ministers are satisfied adequate, affordable and flexible childcare exists across Scotland.

  • SCoWR letter to MSPs on challenges for the Scottish Parliament arising from the UK Welfare Reform Bill


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    In June 2011, SCoWR wrote a letter to MSPs highlighting the challenges that face the Scottish Parliament arising from the UK Welfare Reform Bill.

  • The Welfare Reform Act 2007

    Issue 198 (June 2007)
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    The Welfare Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 3 May and became the Welfare Reform Act. Edward Graham summarises its main provisions. (This article builds on and should be read in conjunction with articles in Bulletins 193, 194 and 195.) Note: most of the provisions in the Act require further legislation to bring them into effect. In particular, it is currently expected that the employment and support allowance and related provisions will not be in effect before October 2008: see future Bulletins for updates.

  • To cap it all…

    Issue 222 (June 2011)
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    David Simmons sets out a critical analysis of the proposal to introduce a ‘benefit cap’ from April 2013.

  • Treasury must not wreck universal credit and poverty progress

    February 17, 2011
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    Commenting ahead of today’s publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “The jury is still out on the universal credit. Ministers are right to aim for much better back to work support and a benefits system that makes it pay to work. But scant detail and funding shortfalls forced by the Treasury leave it in major doubt whether it will help claimants gain work, or help meet the Prime Minster’s promise to ‘make UK poverty history’.

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  • Welfare Reform Bill must be put on hold until government explains plans

    June 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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