According to a report in The Times today, Iain Duncan Smith has won his battle with the Treasury over reforms of the benefit system. This will be a root and branch overhaul of the benefit system, with individual benefits streamlined into one ‘universal credit’ which will include payments for things like housing benefit and incapacity benefit.
4Children has replied to the recent Department for Work and Pensions consultation on 21st Century Welfare setting out our principles for reform including the need for a simplified system and making work pay, while at the same time ensuring that no one is worse off after the reforms. We also set out our support for the universal credit system.
We are looking forward to see the next step on this and the final design of the new system and how it will affect families.