Thursday 17 February 2011
The Welfare Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament on Wednesday 16th February 2011. This Bill will legislate for the biggest change to the welfare system for over 60 years.
The wide range of reforms being introduced are intended to make the benefits and tax credits system easier and fairer by creating incentives to get more people into work, protecting the most vulnerable in our society and delivering fairness to those claiming benefit and the taxc payer.
The main elements of the Bill are:
A number of organisations have raised concerns about the impact of this Bill and there have been many campaigns to raise awareness of the possible impact on people’s lives. We recently featured the one month before heartbreak blog which is highlighting the concerns being felt about the changes to the Disability Living Allowance.
Community Care have analysed the Bill and found that of £3.9bn of cuts earmarked through the bill for 2014-15, £2.5bn will come in cuts to disability living allowance and employment and support allowance, the replacement payment for incapacity benefit.
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