Tag Archives: Welfare Reform

Household benefit cap: putting politics before policy

We have commented before on Red Brick about the way this Government has downgraded equality impact assessments as part of the policy-making and legislative processes.  Under Labour they became a vital part of the process of scrutiny. By looking at … Continue reading

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Pinocchio hits the airwaves

On the day that the Lords’ debate on the Welfare Reform Bill reaches the total benefit cap, which has huge implications for housing and homelessness, Red Brick favourite Iain Duncan Smith has hit the airwaves big time.  Unfortunately interviewed mainly by … Continue reading

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Homelessness and the Total Benefit Cap

As the Welfare Reform Bill returns to the House of Lords, it is becoming ever more obvious that the Tories and LibDems have no idea what they are doing and the damage they will cause. We have covered the Bill … Continue reading

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Week of Action on Welfare Reform Bill

The Welfare Reform Bill returns to Parliament this week and this may be the last opportunity to kill or seriously change this unpleasant measure. To mention just 2 of the proposals: The new benefits cap will heavily penalise larger families … Continue reading

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You can’t defeat stereotypes by repeating stereotypes

I think Labour has got into a bad place on welfare reform.  It’s not just since Ed Miliband became Leader, it developed during the Labour years in government.  I think it is driven by the overwhelming dominance of the Daily … Continue reading

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Callous, coercive and destined to fail

The Welfare Reform Bill, currently in Committee Stage in the House of Commons (follow the debates here), contains many provisions which will have a profound effect on the housing opportunities of people on low incomes in the years to come.  One … Continue reading

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Simply complex

Hands up if you understand the welfare reforms unveiled yesterday by Iain Duncan Smith.  How can a simplified system be so complex to understand?  Fortunately the public seem to have a grip and polls show a healthy majority agree with … Continue reading

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