Working welfare: a radically new approach to sickness and disability benefits
- Document type
- Pickles, Charlotte; Holmes, Ed; Titley, Hannah
- Date of publication
- 1 February 2016
- Reform welfare
- Social Policy, Disabled people, Mental health services, Employment
- Social welfare
- Material type
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The UK working-age benefits system is complex and confusing. Successive governments have made piecemeal reforms which have left a complicated picture of multiple benefits, each with different eligibility criteria, application processes and interactions with the labour market.
The package of financial reforms detailed in this report, create a vision for a simpler, more effective out-of-work benefit system for people with health conditions. This is not about savings, but about creating a better system.
These structural reforms must be matched by an equally effective system of employment support services, and Reform’s vision for this will be the subject of a third and final report in this series.
- A single out-of-work allowance should be established, removing all out-of-work disability-related premiums.
- The savings from moving to a single out-of-work allowance should be reinvested into increased rates for Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, and increased provision of support programmes to help claimants move back into work.
- Universal Credit should be assessed through a single, online gateway made up of three components: an administrative assessment, Proximity to the Labour Market Diagnostic, and health questionnaire.
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