National and local impacts of welfare reform


This review outlines the primary aims of changes effected under welfare reform dating back to changes to Incapacity Benefit in 2008. It outlines some of the major impacts of individual reforms, both directly and within the context which reforms are taking place, including cuts to public sector spending and reductions to front line services; rise in living costs; national debt crisis and decreases in average salaries nationally.


The UK’s welfare system is currently facing major change. Changes are not new however; changes to Incapacity Benefit began back in 2008 under the previous Labour government, and changes since then, as with those planned to take place beyond 2013, are cumulative in nature. Welfare reform remains a deeply contentious issue, and impacts of the reforms now and in the future will vary widely from place to place in the UK.

This literature review forms one strand of a larger research study measuring the impacts of welfare reform on residents of Poole specifically. Research papers detailing the impact of changes in relation to Council Tax Support, the introduction of the Benefit Cap and the impacts of ‘Under-Occupation’ on residents in Poole are also currently available.

Page last updated: 25 April 2019
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