The main changes to the rent safety net announced since 2010, covering the savings achieved through changes to Housing Benefit and the Universal Credit housing costs element, as well as the impact of these policies, and the debate that surrounds them.
In the ten years since the Coalition Government’s first Budget in June 2010, a lot has changed in the UK’s social security system. Millions of households today claim benefits that did not exist in 2010. They do so in different ways, under different conditions, and often receive different entitlements than a decade ago.
Some reforms, such as the introduction of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment, have produced high-profile public debate. But many others have also affected constituents’ lives and drawn the attention of MPs.
As we approach the anniversaries of many of the early landmarks in this period of welfare reform, the Commons Library is producing a series of briefings exploring the changes. It will include papers looking at the aims of welfare reform, welfare spending, disability benefit reform, changes in how benefits are claimed and paid, employment support and benefit sanctions, and the reform of housing support.
Ten years of welfare reform
The introduction of Universal Credit changed the way around seven million working-age households make benefit claims and get paid. This paper explores some key changes, their effect, and the debate surrounding them.
How the Coalition and Conservative governments since 2010 explained and justified the major welfare reforms they introduced.
A Universal Credit reading list covering the new benefit from its development more than a decade ago through to April 2020.