September 2015 Welfare Reform and Work Bill


This Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons and it contains a number of significant proposals.

Along with the reduction in the benefit cap rates (down to £23,000 for couples and lone parents and £15,410 for single households in Greater London), it also provides for


A benefit freeze on the main rates of Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Universal Credit for four years from April 2016

Abolishing the family element of Child Tax Credit from April 2017 and individual elements for qualifying children will be restricted to a maximum of two children except in prescribed circumstances

Abolishing the work related activity component of Employment Support Allowance

Under Universal Credit, claimants with children aged three to four will be subject to all work related requirements. At present they only have to meet the work preparation condition

From April 2016 the level of rents in social housing must be reduced by 1 per cent compared to the preceding year for the next four years

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