Published: 16th Dec 2010

The much awaited publication of the white paper, Universal Credit: Welfare That Works, sets out the future direction of welfare reform policy. The paper heralds the beginning of much publicised reforms such as simplification of the benefits system, tax reforms which seek to ensure work pays and the introduction of a mandatory work programme. On one hand the white paper follows on from the Labour government’s reforms, providing a continued increase in ‘conditionality’ – the requirements placed on claimants in return for benefit payments – but raises the stakes by encouraging work through an increased threat of punishment for those not deemed to be making efforts to find work. More positive reforms are also included such as the welcome tax reforms to increase the financial benefits gained from entering employment. The white paper outlines plans to introduce a universal credit, a welcome move which seeks to reduce the complexity of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)