Welfare reform: now Ed’s on side, keep the pressure on

In October 2013 the biggest change to the benefits system since 1945 will begin. The changes are profound. Over 1 million people will be affected in the first 6 months alone and by the time the new system is fully in place, in 2017, it will be relied on by as many as 6 million households – 19 million people.

The Government has announced that in order to promote fairness between those in work and those receiving benefits, from April 2013, benefit payments for individual households will be capped at around the average earned income after tax and National Insurance for working households.

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