The government is reported to be considering making Jobseekers Allowance claimants sign on every week in order to receive their benefits as part of plans to improve outcomes.
A new Welfare Manifesto has been unveiled by the influential think tank Policy Exchange. The manifesto proposes a host of measures designed to ‘make the welfare system fairer, more affordable and fit for the 21st century.’
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced that there will an additional £74 million to support the provision of local welfare schemes in 2015/16.
Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have published a report on the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness. It shows that homelessness rose by nine per cent in 2013/2014, to 280,000 cases; an increase of a third since 2009/2010.
The Conservative Party and the Labour Party have set out competing visions for the welfare state in speeches delivered separately in London today. The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, argued that the government’s reforms have challenged dependency and are forecast to save £50 billion over the course of this Parliament. He highlighted figures showing growth in welfare spending at its lowest ever levels, and falls in unemployment.
The work and pensions select committee launched its second oral evidence session last week with witnesses including Alison Garnham of Child Poverty Action Group, Ben Robinson of Community Links, academics and local authority representatives.
Following the Conservative Party announcement of plans to reduce the annual benefit cap on households from £26,000 to £23,000, the Prime Minister has claimed that the policy will result in a ‘rush to the jobcentre’.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has released a series of recommendations to raise the employment rate of disabled people and reduce long term-unemployment.