Monthly Archives: March 2011

Government publish briefing notes on Universal Credit

The government has published the first of some briefing notes which give more detail about their proposals. Universal Credit policy briefing notes – an introduction Briefing Note 1 – Additions for longer durations on Universal Credit Briefing Note 2 – … Continue reading

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Benefits after the Welfare Reform Bill paper

This contains analysis, modelling and examples based on the state of the Bill at the second reading using the benefit rates and rules from April 2011. It forecasts real values of benefits up to 2015 including Universal Credit and current … Continue reading

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Income Tax change hits the poorest workers

As I’m incorporating these changes into the modelling for the future benefits and tax system, its worth pointing out that the 2012 Income Tax personal allowance increase will be worth £2.42 a week to those earning £115,000 a year but … Continue reading

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Earnings Disregard in Universal Credit

One of the work incentive measures that has been emphasised in the Bill is the increase in the amount of earnings that can be kept before any deduction is applied. As can be seen in the table below that is … Continue reading

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Committee Stage Details

Programme: Welfare Reform Bill Committee The provisional programme of witnesses for the Welfare Reform Bill Committee has been agreed by its Programming Sub-Committee. The Committee will hear oral evidence on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 March and then consider the … Continue reading

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Bill Passes 2nd Reading

The committee stage is expected to start on 22 March 2011 and end on 24 May 2011. Written evidence can be submitted from now until 10th May.

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Social Tenants – Home size limits

The Bill provides that the dwelling size limits for social tenants will be implemented by imposing a percentage cut, linked to the number of additional bedrooms, rather than by the equivalent of a Local Housing Allowance. There is a new … Continue reading

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Abolition of unemployment

There will be no clear division between unemployment and employment. People will remain on the same benefit as their hours of work move up and down from zero to what is now considered full-time. Only earnings will matter, hours of … Continue reading

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