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Government Policies to Tackle Wealth Inequality UK: NATIONAL 5

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Laura Halliday

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Transcript of Government Policies to Tackle Wealth Inequality UK: NATIONAL 5

Welfare Reform Act 2012

On 8 March the Welfare Reform Act 2012 received Royal Assent.
According to the Coalition Government, the Act introduces a wide range of reforms to make the benefits and tax credits system fairer and simpler by:

* creating the right incentives to get more people into work by ensuring work always pays
* protecting the most vulnerable in our society
* delivering fairness to those claiming benefit and to the tax payer.
Welfare Reform Act
Universal Credit to provide a single streamlined benefit that will ensure work pays
Strong approach to reducing fraud with tough penalties for serious offences
Reforms to Disability Living Allowance - introduction of the Personal Independence Payment to meet the needs of disabled people
Fairer approach to Housing Benefit to bring stability to the market and improve incentives to work (Cap on Housing Benefit £400 per week)
Reform of Employment and Support Allowance to target those in greatest need
Changes to child support system
Benefits Cap £26,000 per household
From 2013 the Government is proposing to introduce a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64 to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The intention is that Personal Independence Payment will focus support to those individuals who experience the greatest challenges to remaining independent and leading full, active and independent lives.
Personal Independence Payment
The White Paper “Universal Credit: welfare that works”, published on 11 November 2010, sets out the Coalition Government’s plans to introduce legislation to reform the welfare system by creating a new Universal Credit.

Universal Credit will radically simplify the system to make work pay and combat worklessness and poverty. The White Paper outlines:

* the need for change
* how Universal Credit will work
* how it will affect benefit recipients, and
* its broader impact.
The Impact...
Radically simplifying
Incentives to work
Those in most need
What is the potential impact of these policies on poverty and inequality?
Duncan Smith in H of C
Documentary on Conservative Reforms
Concerns about Universal Credit IDS
Blind caller
Cap on housing benefit
Social Cleansing Debate
Living on toast
Youth unemploment
Women and unemployment
Who's Cheating Who?
Tackling poverty
Q3. Govt policies have done little to tackle wealth inequality...
Age/ Gender
Low wages/ Unemployment
Race/ Ethnicity/ Discrimination
Disability/ Ill health
Update: Budget 2015

Geography/Social Exclusion
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