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– Reform Bill to simplify welfare system

Motion on the Bill

Yesterday MPs approved a procedural motion enabling the Welfare Reform Bill bill committee to establish a Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

The bill simplifies the welfare system by replacing existing benefits with a single Universal Credit from 2013, and introduces tougher sanctions for those who refuse work.

The new credit will be paid to people both in and out of work, replacing child tax credit, working tax credit, housing benefit and income support, among others.

Disability living allowance is being replaced with a new personal independence payment – based on an individual assessment of claimants by health professionals.

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Chris Collins

Business Development

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