Tax credit cuts: the impact on families

Agnes Norris Keller 150.jpgAgnes Norris Keiller is a research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and works in the Income, Work and Welfare sector. She currently works on projects related to the income distribution and the labour market.

Here she examines the changes to the tax credits system which are being introduced this month, and what the changes might mean for those receiving them in the future

The first week of April saw the introduction of significant cuts to the working-age benefits system.

The allocation of tax credits (and universal credit, which is replacing tax credits and three other working-age means-tested benefits) currently depends on the number of children in a family. Continue reading

Welfare conditionality: sanctions, support and behaviour change

Dr Janis Bright is impact and communications officer for the ESRC-funded Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, support and behaviour change research project.

Professor Peter Dwyer is professor of social policy at the University of York and principal investigator for the Welfare Conditionality project.

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Here they discuss some of the findings from the project to date, including the effects of sanctions on welfare recipients.

 

People who are out of work and are deemed not to have complied with the benefit rules are at risk of being sanctioned – having their benefit stopped. So much we probably all know. But behind that fact lie a myriad of experiences and consequences. And that’s before we get on to the complexities of government policy and practice on welfare.

Our project’s work is seeking to disentangle some of those complexities and ask fundamental questions about what’s become known as ‘welfare conditionality’. Continue reading