Briefing: Welfare Reform Bill - second reading

By: Anne Baxendale  Published: March 2011


This briefing sets out Shelter’s response to the Welfare Reform Bill, which was published in February 2011

Summary

Shelter supports the principles of the new universal credit, which is the major piece of reform contained in the Welfare Reform Bill. However, the bill will also introduce a second wave of cuts to housing benefit, undermining the safety net for people who lose their jobs and need temporary financial help to keep their homes, as well as affecting those who are in work but on very low incomes, or who are unable to work due to old age or disability.

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