The Government's welfare reform plan is due to replace several different benefits in 2013 including Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, and Working Tax Credit.
The Coalition Government has identified two key problems with the current system: work incentives are poor, and the system is too complex.
They are reforming the system to help people to move into and progress in work, while supporting the most vulnerable.
Universal Credit is also intended to encourage claimants to work, by allowing them to keep more of their benefits when they start to earn.
If I had my way I would put their photograph onevery lamppost in the street where they live because it is a very distressingthing for genuinely disabled people to see the reputation of disabled peopledamaged in the way that [it] is by those people."
– Terry Moran, Director General, Chief Operating Officer at DWP
Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne, has given his reaction to reports that the DWP has announced a full internal audit into its relationship with A4e.
“The time has come for full disclosure. With more questions over A4e and David Cameron’s former family tsar Emma Harrison coming by the day, ministers must now come clean and tell the public exactly what they know and when they were informed about all allegations of fraud at A4e.
“The Government needs to make clear what new safeguards are being put in place to prevent this spreading any further, and with huge questions hanging over the entire Work Programme – and billions of pounds of public money