The Government is introducing a series of controversial reforms to the welfare system, including housing benefits that are designed to reduce public expenditure, encourage people into work and to create a fairer system. Not everyone agrees!
This briefing paper summarises the existing system and the government's proposals. It then looks at reaction to the proposals and the results of thee pilot projects and the implementation of the reforms to date. It includes sections on: Introduction, Rent Allowances and Rebates, Non-HRA rent rebates, local housing allowance, discretionary housing payments, housing benefit subsidy, budget 2010, 21st century welfare, under-occupation penalty, total benefits cap, universal credit, reform to local housing allowances, direct payments to social tenants, budget and autumn statement 2012, parliamentary reaction to welfare reform, local authority response, welfare reform in Scotland, devolution of housing benefit.
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