LVSC is working with a number of other
groups in London to lobby against the £26,000 total household
benefit cap, and other parts of the Welfare Reform Bill that have
disproportionately negative impacts on the income of the poorest
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The latest data and research show that
these reforms are beginning to show a number of concerning social
impacts in London and more widely.
LVSC has collated our own and others'
research and anecdotal evidence to look at the impact of
welfare reform in London in 2013.
The inital report can be downloaded
Impact of welfare reform in London
Research and briefings on new welfare reform
policy and legislation and its possible implications are detailed
A Crisis campaign
highlighting that the housing benefit reforms introduced in the New
Year will cost those they affect an average of £12 per
week (this is likely to be more in London). Research they
have commissioned shows that housing benefit is the main factor in
ensuring that low income households don't become homeless,
A survey by
Shelter has suggested that almost one million
people have taken on a payday loan to help pay their rent
or mortgage in the last 12 months and 15% of respondents had used
some form of credit to meet housing costs, . The implementation of
the additional caps and reforms in 2012 is likely to increase this
A survey by Inside
Housing has also revealed that the number of people now being
placed in emergency accommodation is increasing dramatically in
London, As the welfare benefit reforms are implemente, more and
more people are becoming unable to afford private sector rents in
the capital.. This situation is predicted to worsen as more
measures are introduced in 2012.
Lodon Councils' research which concentrates
on the impacts of the introduction of Universal Credit in London
London Councils: Does the cap fit?
A letter detailing London VCS organisations
concerns about current welfare reform policy and its
disproportionate impacts on the poorest Londoners.
Letter and briefing on total household benefit cap (Word,
The Department for Work and Pensions'
assessment of the impact of the reforms on equalities groups:
Equalty Impact Assessment (EIA)
Household benefit cap - equality impact assessment
Minutes of housing benefit roundtable 24 Jan 2011 (Word,
56Khouseholds don;t become homeless.B)