Monthly Archives: January 2012

If the Benefit Cap amendments from the Lords survive

I’m not very hopeful that the Commons won’t reverse all the Lords’ changes on Wednesday. In fact I’m sure that they will. Nonetheless I thought I’d run our Future Benefits Model (FFBM) to see the effects of leaving Child Benefit … Continue reading

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Nick Cleggs tax relief proposal would give the poorest least

As Nick Clegg is pushing for an increase in personal tax allowances to £10,000 a year, on the basis that it’s a way of protecting the lowest paid workers, it’s worth pointing out that it’s not. The 2012 Income Tax … Continue reading

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Cut in maximum Savings Pension Credit in April 2012

The government had said that they were going to freeze maximum SPC for four years but this year they’ve cut it instead. As there doesn’t seem to have been any formal announcement about this, other than the figure being included, … Continue reading

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New Benefits Cap Impact Assessment – some puzzles.

Before this afternoon’s consideration of the benefits cap in the Lords, the DWP have published a new impact assessment here which has a couple of puzzling pieces in it. In the new paper it says: Initially the intention is that … Continue reading

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Adviser survey on welfare reform effects

I’ve created a very short survey for advisers on their opinion of the effects welfare reforms will have on their clients. This is a first step to getting some stats and tracking changes over the next period. Advisers can complete … Continue reading

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Government defeated 3 times by Lords’ amendments

The government lost three votes in the Lords tonight. They were: Overturning the proposal to abolish the ESA in Youth route for young disabled people who are unable to work and therefore meet the contributions condition Extending the time limit … Continue reading

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Amendments set down on Benefits Cap

The amendments tabled for the next day of the report stage of the Welfare Reform Bill, so far, were published in the ‘Third Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved on Report as at 9 January 2012′. It’s interesting, in … Continue reading

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Benefits cap to be watered down?

Politics Home has a story that ministers are negotiating on the overall benefits cap in order to avoid a defeat in the Lords, like the one they suffered before Xmas on social tenants bedroom limits. They say; The changes, which … Continue reading

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Mortgage Interest Support Consultation

The government are undertaking an ‘informal’ consultation on the way that Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) works in means-tested benefits. The main issue of concern to older people and people with disabilities is the proposal that amounts of SMI paid … Continue reading

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I think that I’ve managed to install a way to let you know when new postings are added here (if you want to know). Click on the Subscribe2 link in the lower right of the page and it should all … Continue reading

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