welfare reform

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

    November 2012

    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)

    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

    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)

    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.

  • Personal independence payment

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This popular one-day course provides an introduction to personal independence payment (PIP).

    It covers:

    • Who is entitled to PIP
    • The disability test
    • Claiming PIP and getting paid
    • Stays in hospital or residential care
    • Transferring to PIP from disability living allowance

    It is suitable for advisers with a working knowledge of sickness and disability benefits, but assumes no previous knowledge of PIP. For others who do not work specifically in welfare rights but do want to support clients, see Personal Independence Payment – The Essentials.

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

    Issue 227 (April 2012)

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

  • Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Issue 227 (April 2012)

    Do acts speak louder than words? Edward Graham gives a round-up of the changes on their way.

  • Universal credit: the basic facts and how it will operate


    Universal credit is a new benefit that will be introduced in October 2013, replacing current means-tested benefits and tax credits for working-age people. This factsheet outlines what is currently known about universal credit and how it will work.


  • Local support to replace community care grants and crisis loans for living expenses: a briefing by CPAG

    April 2011

    The social fund helps people on low incomes cope with emergency expenses. The Government proposes to effectively abolish this fund and allocate parts of it to local authorities to use how they think fit, in accordance with the 'localism' principle. CPAG is strongly against these proposals.

  • Response to disability living allowance reform consultation

    February 2011

    CPAG's response outlines our serious concerns regarding Government proposals to replace disability living allowance (DLA) with a new personal independence payment.