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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

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

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

    April 2011
    briefing

    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
    briefing

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

  • Spending Review – more cuts

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.

  • Twenty-first century welfare

    Issue 218 (October 2010)
    article

    David Simmons examines the Government’s consultation paper on reforming the current system of benefits and tax credits.