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Welfare Reform Bill Passed

The Lords have now passed the Welfare Reform Bill following their final debate last night.

David Cameron has declared this as "an historic step in the biggest welfare revolution in over 60 years".  He stated, "My government has taken bold action to make work pay, while protecting the vulnerable."  He of course used the opportunity to criticise the opposition who have apparently "shown they are on the side of Britain's something for nothing culture.  Unfortunately he fails to see that welfare reform does not create jobs, but that's a story for another day.  

Key elements of the Bill highlighted by Downing Street include:

  • A "Benefits Cap" of £26,000 (equivalent of a taxed income of £35,000), affecting 67,000 households.
  • The "Universal Credit" which will ensure that work always pays more than being on benefit.  The average overall gain will apparently be £29.00 per week under UC.
  • The Government will invest an additional £300 million into childcare support under Universal Credit.
  • Housing Benefit will be a maximum of £400 a week.
  • "Spare bedrooms" will not be paid for under a Social Sector Size Criteria. 

The final Bill is yet to be published but if your'e interested you'll be able to find it on the parliament website here.

So we await Royal Assent and then it's all systems go.


1 March 2012

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