Welfare Reform Bill

01 Mar 2012

The Bill has now passed through the House of Lords and will go for Royal Assent and so become law.  It introduces Universal Credit (see information about welfare reform under ADVICE on this web site.) 

The Government says the reforms are a way to make work pay and lift people out of worklessness and the benefit system.  However critics of the Bill are concerned about:

  • the annual cap on benefits
  • the controversial underoccupation penalty or 'bedroom tax' for social housing tenants
  • changes to the benefits for disabled people as a risk to their right to independent living
  • the overall impact of the changes forcing some people out of their homes.
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