Welfare reform in the UK 2010-16: Expectations, outcomes and local impacts

BEATTY, Christina and FOTHERGILL, Stephen (2018). Welfare reform in the UK 2010-16: Expectations, outcomes and local impacts. Social Policy & Administration, 52 (5), 950-968.

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    Welfare reform has been central to UK government policy since 2010. This article compares initial expectations with key outcomes by 2016. The article shows that although the financial savings to the Treasury have been large, they have been rather less than the government first anticipated, mainly because the reduction in spending on incapacity‐related benefits has proved far smaller than expected. The financial losses have also been spread highly unevenly across the country, and the evidence from a pilot study in Scotland suggests that the reforms have had little impact on levels of worklessness. The article concludes that whilst forecasting the financial savings from welfare reform is an inherently uncertain activity, the United Kingdom's reforms should be understood first and foremost as about reducing public spending in the poorest places.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: local impact, outturns, United Kingdom, welfare reform, worklessness
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12353
    Page Range: 950-968
    Depositing User: Sarah Ward
    Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 11:39
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:25
    URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16663

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