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Effect on equality of the Autumn Statement 2016
Published Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0251
MPs will debate the effect on equality of the Autumn Statement 2016, on Wednesday 14 December 2016. This will be an Opposition Day debate. This House of Commons Library briefing provides a background summary and also press and parliamentary coverage.
Cold Weather Payments for winter 2016/17
Published Thursday, December 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7826
Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather.
2017 Benefits Uprating
Published Friday, December 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7818
This note sets out the main benefit and tax credit rates for the 2017/18 financial year.
Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill 2016-17
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7813
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill 2016-17. This Private Member's Bill, introduced by Mhairi Black MP, is due to have it Second Reading on 2 December 2016.
Local replacements for the Independent Living Fund (ILF)
Published Friday, November 18, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7788
Following the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) on 30 June 2015, the Government stated that local authorities will have to meet all former ILF users’ eligible needs from 1 July 2015. This paper provides details on the funding of local authorities, and early findings on the transfer.
The closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF)
Published Thursday, November 17, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7787
The Independent Living Fund (ILF) closed on 30 June 2015 - this note sets out the background to the ILF, how the ILF worked, and the decision by the then Coalition Government to close it and the subsequent legal challenge (which was unsuccessful).
Autumn Statement distributional analysis, Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance
Published Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0213
MPs will debate the Autumn Statement distributional analysis, Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance, on Wednesday 16 November 2016. This will be an Opposition Day debate. This Commons Library briefing page contains Library briefings, independent and select committee reports.
Carer's Allowance
Published Monday, November 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00846
This Commons Library briefing looks at Carer's Allowance - a non-contributory, non-means-tested benefit paid to people who care full-time for someone who is severely disabled. It covers the background to the benefit and issues frequently raised by people claiming it, including the level of the benefit, its interaction with other benefits including the Retirement Pension, and the difficulties recipients face when seeking to combine their caring duties with paid work or studying. Reforms to Carer's Allowance have been discussed, but there have been no significant changes to the benefit in recent years, and Carer's Allowance will remain a separate benefit under the Universal Credit system. Responsibility for Carer's Allowance and related disability benefits is to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament, and all the major parties in Scotland are committed to increasing Carer's Allowance to at least the level of Jobseeker's Allowance.
Welfare savings 2010-11 to 2020-21
Published Friday, September 23, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7667
The House of Commons Library Welfare Expenditure and Savings Tool combines multiple sources of expenditure and savings data into one easy to use, up-to-date analysis tool. Users can track changes in welfare expenditure over time, analyse savings as a proportion of expenditure and identify key policy measures by benefit announced since June 2010. Total spending on UK social security and tax credits will be £218.4 billion in 2016-17, 28.3% of total managed expenditure. Measures announced since 2010 will save around £26 billion in the same year, roughly 10% of what welfare spending might otherwise have been.
Personal Independence Payment and the March 2016 Budget
Published Friday, July 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7651
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at controversial proposals put forward at the March 2016 Budget to change the criteria for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The proposals were subsequently abandoned and the Government said it would not be seeking to make alternative offsetting savings, or further savings from the welfare budget not already legislated for.
Carers
Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0108
On Thursday 9 June, MPs will take part in a debate on Carers. This debate was recommended by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from Mims Davies MP. This House of Commons Library debate pack provides an overview of the issues, relevant reports and Parliamentary and media coverage.
Effect of Universal Credit on children
Published Monday, May 9, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0105
MPs will debate the Effect of Universal Credit on children on Tuesday 10 May 2016. This is a Backbench Business debate secured by Stephen Timms MP. This House of Commons Library page provides an overview of Universal Credit and links to relevant briefings and reports.
Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) scheme
Published Thursday, May 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06618
This Commons Library briefing paper explains the assistance available for certain households with their mortgage interest payments. Help with mortgage costs is available to claimants of certain means-tested benefits for people not in full-time work. The schemes are collectively known as Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI). Payments are made towards mortgage interest payments and are generally made direct to lenders.
Learning Disability - policies and issues
Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07058
House of Commons Library briefing on policies and services for people with a learning disability in England.
Welfare reform and disabled people
Published Monday, April 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7571
The Library briefing provides an overview of the benefits changes introduced since 2010 affecting disabled people and their families, looks at the impact of the changes, and summarises responses from disability organisations and others.
Autism – overview of UK policy and services
Published Friday, April 22, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7172
House of Commons Library briefing on autism.
Budget 2016: a summary
Published Friday, March 18, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7536
A summary of Budget 2016 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances.
Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments
Published Thursday, February 18, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7508
The Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16 had its Third Reading in the House of Lords on 9 February, and the Commons is due to consider Lords amendments on 23 February.
Work capability assessments
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0040
There will be a debate on work capability assessments in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 2.30pm, initiated by Louise Haigh MP. This Library briefing page provides background to the debate.
Effect of the roll-out of Universal Credit in the North West
Published Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0008
There will be a debate entitled, Effect of the roll-out of Universal Credit in the North West, in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 13 January 2016 at 9.30am. Marie Rimmer MP will lead the debate. This page provides a background briefing.

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