Click here to skip to content

Welfare reform on the Web (September 2006): Social security - UK

Incapacity benefits and Pathways to Work

Committee on Work and Pensions

London: TSO, 2006 (House of Commons papers, session 2005/06; HC 616)

The committee comments on the government’s proposals for the reform of Incapacity Benefit and the national roll out of the Pathways to Work initiative. While they congratulate the government on some of the messages and targets within the proposed reforms, the Committee expresses concern about the lack of funding for the changes and suggests that without adequate resources targets will be difficult to achieve. They also complain that the proposals are short on detail and risk creating an impenetrable bureaucratic maze.

Social insecurity: children and benefit dynamics

L. Platt
Journal of Social Policy, vol.35, 2006, p.391-410

This article uses administrative data to explore benefit dynamics for children in Birmingham from January 1998 to June 1999. It confirms previous research findings with regard to extensive sub-annual moves on to and off means-tested benefits. It reiterates the increased risk of longer spells on benefit associated with income support receipt, lone parenthood and living in local authority housing. However, it has also developed existing research in three ways. Firstly, it has looked at the experience of children across both couple and lone parent families, focusing on the experience of the child rather than that of the family as a whole. Secondly, it has investigated moves back onto benefits as well as exits, thus capturing characteristics associated with the risk of repeat spells on benefit as well as those associated with longer spells. Finally, it has included the effect of ethnic group, making it the first study of British benefit dynamics to identify ethnic differences in risks.

Search Welfare Reform on the Web