Raising Expectations and Increasing Support: Reforming Welfare for the Future
This White Paper follows the consultation paper "No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility" (Cm. 7363, ISBN 9780101736329) which was itself based on the reforms proposed by David Freud in his report "Reducing dependency, increasing opportunity: options for the future of welfare to work" (2007, DWP, www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/dwp/2007/welfarereview.pdf). It sets out how the Government plans to take the proposals forward. The Government's vision for the welfare state is one where everyone is required to fulfill their responsibilities to prepare for, look for and take up work, with support provided at all stages, particularly given the recent economic downturn. The Government proposes a simpler benefits system, with the development of a single income-replacement benefit for people of working age: initially those currently on Income Support will move to either the Employment and Support Allowance or Jobseeker's Allowance. Changes to Housing Benefit will also be investigated in 2009. Jobcentre Plus is an effective delivery vehicle and will receive an extra £1.3 billion funding, but it will be supported by more use of private and voluntary services (which already supply 40 per cent of DWP's employment programmes). Devolving power to the local level will increase effectiveness of service delivery. This paper also responds to and supports the Gregg report on personal conditionality ("Realising potential ... ISBN 9780101749923) where everyone on benefits is expected to take active steps towards work. Support for disabled people will be enhanced and become more personalised. Those on incapacity benefits will move to the Employment and Support Allowance. More support for jobseekers will be matched by higher expectations. All the reforms are designed to increase employment and release resources for the ending of child poverty by 2020.
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Appendix A Responses to the public consultation
Appendix B Government response to the Gregg Review
action plan agree approach areas back-to-work barriers benefit claimants benefit fraud benefits system Bereavement Benefit carers child maintenance child poverty choice and control consultation Council customers deliver Department develop devolution effective employers Employment and Support employment programme ensure expectations Flexible New Deal focus Focused Interviews Forum on Disability funding streams Government is taking Green Paper Gregg Review improve incapacity benefits Income Support individual budgets innovative job seekers Jobcentre labour market legislation Leonard Cheshire lone parents mental health conditions move opportunities organisations pathfinders Pathways Pensions personal adviser personalised conditionality personalised support pilots problem drug users Professor Gregg Progression providers recognise reforming welfare requirements reward responsibility right to control sanctions regime skills health check social Support Allowance taking this forward trailblazers undertake Universities and Skills vision welfare reform welfare to reward Welsh Assembly Government White Paper confirms Work-Ready work-related activity