welfare reform

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Between a rock and a hard place: early impacts of welfare reform on London

    November 2012
    briefing

    This report from our London project examines the early impact of welfare reforms across London. It finds that the reforms will create problems for local authorities and families with children, and makes recommendations to national, regional and local government, and to advice agencies, on how best to mitigate these.

  • 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.

  • Universal credit: what we know and don’t yet know

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    David Simmons considers what we do and don’t know about universal credit, following the passing of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.