benefits

The expert working group on welfare

The Expert Working Group on Welfare was established to review the Scottish Government’s work on the cost of the current benefits system, their plans for delivery of benefit payments in an independent Scotland, and provide views on transitional issues that would be relevant to the continued delivery of benefit payments in the event of independence.

This report presents a preliminary forecast of benefit spending in Scotland through to 2017-18 that covers the actual costs of the payments to individuals, and the costs to government of administering these payments. 

The impact of welfare reform on Scotland

The most deprived areas in Scotland will take the biggest financial hit when the present welfare reforms come into effect. This is the conclusion of research commissioned by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Tell my story

Website of stories that depicts the impact that welfare reform will have on people.

Exempt accommodation

Document that explains exempt accommodation in respect of Universal Credit.

Save child benefit

Briefing on what is happening to child benefit, what it is spent on, what parents think about child benefit, what young people think about it and what is wrong with the changes to child benefit.

Bereavement benefits: findings from qualitative research

Report that presents findings from research commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to explore the role and impact of bereavement benefits on different types of recipients. The research used a qualitative approach, involving 60 face-to-face interviews with benefit recipients.

The impact of austerity measures on households with children

Paper that considers the prospects for the living standards of households with children over the period from 2010 to 2015. It analyses the impact of tax and benefit changes on these households’ incomes and on parents’ incentives to undertake paid work and to increase their earnings.

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2011

This report comes at a time when the UK government has outlined its main policy intentions and its strategy to reduce poverty. Although the statistics presented in this report still almost entirely reflect the policies of the previous government, the Labour record is the Coalition inheritance.

This commentary discusses the implications of that record for the current government in the light of its commitments on child poverty and social mobility set out in strategy documents published in 2011.

Legal aid in welfare: the tool we can't afford to lose

Report commissioned by the Legal Action Group, and funded by the Baring Foundation, to investigate the impact of the proposed legal aid reforms on disabled people.

In-work poverty : a systematic review

This systematic review was published by EPPI-Centre in 2011.Systematic reviews aim to find as much as possible of the research relevant to the particular research questions, and use explicit methods to identify what can reliably be said on the basis of these studies.