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Welfare Reform Bill: reform of disability benefits, Housing Benefit, and other measures

Published Friday, March 4, 2011

This paper has been prepared for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons. For information on the provision in the Bill relating to the introduction of Universal Credit, please see the complementary Library Research Paper, 11/24. Besides Universal Credit, the Bill proposes a number of other significant welfare reforms, including replacement of the current Disability Living Allowance, restriction of Housing Benefit entitlement to social housing tenants whose accommodation is larger than they need, time-limiting the payment of contributory Employment and Support Allowance to twelve months, and capping the total amount of benefit that can be claimed.

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This paper has been prepared for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons. For information on the provision in the Bill relating to the introduction of Universal Credit, please see the complementary Library Research Paper, 11/24. Besides Universal Credit, the Bill proposes a number of other significant welfare reforms, including replacement of the current Disability Living Allowance, restriction of Housing Benefit entitlement to social housing tenants whose accommodation is larger than they need, time-limiting the payment of contributory Employment and Support Allowance to twelve months, and capping the total amount of benefit that can be claimed.

Commons Briefing papers RP11-23

Authors: Manjit Gheera; Tim Jarrett; Steven Kennedy; Djuna Thurley; Wendy Wilson

Topics: Benefits administration, Benefits policy, Child support, Housing benefits, Immigration, Private rented housing, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits, Social rented housing, Working age benefits

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