Welfare Reform Bill 2011

This Bill was published February 2011.

“On 16 February 2011 the Welfare Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill legislates for the biggest change to the welfare system for over 60 years.

It introduces a wide range of reforms that will deliver the commitment made in the Coalition Agreement and the Queen’s Speech to make the benefits and tax credits systems fairer and simpler by:

  • creating the right incentives to get more people into work by ensuring work always pays
  • protecting the most vulnerable in our society
  • delivering fairness to those claiming benefit and to the taxpayer.

The main elements of the Bill are:

  • the introduction of Universal Credit to provide a single streamlined benefit that will ensure work always pays
  • a stronger approach to reducing fraud and error with tougher penalties for the most serious offences
  • a new claimant commitment showing clearly what is expected of claimants while giving protection to those with the greatest needs
  • reforms to Disability Living Allowance, through the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment to meet the needs of disabled people today
  • creating a fairer approach to Housing Benefit to bring stability to the market and improve incentives to work
  • driving out abuse of the Social Fund system by giving greater power to local authorities
  • reforming Employment and Support Allowance to make the benefit fairer and to ensure that help goes to those with the greatest need
  • changes to support a new system of child support which puts the interest of the child first.”

For additional information on the Welfare Reform Bill 2011, visit the Q&A: Universal Credit and the Benefits Overhaul page on the BBC website.

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