Welfare Reform Bill: reform of disability benefits, Housing Benefit, and other measures - Commons Library Research Paper

Published 04 March 2011 | Research papers RP11/23

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

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

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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