OPFS Briefing: Welfare Reform and Work Bill Report Stage

There are many aspects of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill which give us very grave cause for concern. The Bill will weaken the Child Poverty Act, introduce greater conditionality and sanctions and make severe cuts to a range of social security and tax credit entitlements.

However, in this briefing we concentrate on a number of clauses as follows:

  1. Clauses 9 and 10 which introduces a further freeze to most benefits
  2. Clauses 11 and 12 which limits entitlement to child tax credit for the first two children only
  3. Clauses 7 and 8 which extends the reach of the benefit cap to many more families
  4. Clause 15 which introduces greater conditionality and sanctions for parents with children under five years old.

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