welfare reform

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    Level: Standard

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  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


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    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.

  • Local Authorities and Child Poverty: balancing threats and opportunities

    July 2013
    briefing

    Local authorities and child poverty cover

    This report outlines the impact of welfare reforms on local authorities – including the costs to local areas of child poverty - and explores how they and their partner organisations manage the impact of these reforms. It draws upon a series of roundtable events CPAG held in March 2013 for local authority and partner staff, and includes their policy recommendations for central Government.

  • 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.

  • Income maximisation for older people


    training course

    Older people commonly do not claim all that they are entitled to. This course provides an introduction to pension credit and aims to help you with effective benefit checks to maximise income. 

    The course includes: 

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  • Universal credit - the essentials

    Level: Basic

    training course

    The introduction of universal credit (UC) represents a fundamental change to the system of 'legacy benefits' and tax credits it is replacing.

    This one day introductory course provides an overview of UC, covering:

    • the aims and principles of UC;
    • the roll-out of UC in 'gateway' and 'full service' areas;
    • who can claim UC;
    • how it is calculated and paid;
    • conditionality and sanctions

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  • Editorial: low-income families face another bleak year

    Issue 141 (Spring 2013)
    article

    Looking back at how low-income families fared in 2012 is a dispiriting exercise: minimal wage rises, the escalating price of essentials and benefit cuts all conspired to make it a dismal year.  Sadly, 2013 looks set to be no better: this year we will see, among other things, the introduction of the benefit cap which, for the first time since the 1970s, disconnects assistance from assessed need; the localisation of the social fund and of council tax benefit, which will result in many low-income families having to find the funds to pay council tax in the future; and the advent of the tougher regimes of both universal credit and personal independence payment.

  • 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.