Are we in it ALL together?

Posted on 13 May 2016 (Permalink)

Every working adult in Nottingham will be £420 worse off by 2020-21 due to post-2015 welfare reforms according to a recently published report by Sheffield Hallam University.[1]

The Sheffield Hallam University recently published a study which shows that in some areas of the country people will lose up to £560 per working age adult as a result of the post-2015 reforms, compared with as little as £130 in more prosperous areas of the country.

Furthermore, it showed that families with children, people of Asian ethnic origins and social tenants will be hit the hardest. The means that a key effect of welfare reform is to widen the gap in prosperity between the best and worst local economies across the country.

“The government calls it welfare reform but what it really should it called is welfare cut, because all those new reforms are just another way how to take more money from hard working people. By 2020-21 £12.9bn a year is expected to be taken from claimants. But what is even more worrying is the uneven impact of those reforms. It will be families with children living in deprived areas who will lose the most

This is another example of the Tories empty promises. They say they want equal opportunities for all and yet, they welfare reform does the exact opposite. We know that the raise in minimum wage and personal tax allowances will not offset the impact of the welfare cuts. Thus leaving people in work worse off.

We should be doing all we can to support the most deprived constituencies, like my own patch. Without offering great education and well-paid employment cutting of benefit will push my constituents deeper into poverty.” said Graham Allen MP



[1]   Beatty, C. & S. Fothergill (2016) ‘The uneven impact of welfare reform, the financial losses to places and people’ published by Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University