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TOPIC: The DWP could face an almighty debate over eight years of cuts

The DWP could face an almighty debate over eight years of cuts 21 Sep 2018 01:49 #10242

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) could be debated in parliament once again. But this time it’s different. Firstly, because the potential debate has cross-party support. But also because it will call on the DWP to properly assess the impact of eight years’ worth of policies. And the debate needs your help.
The DWP: ignoring the impact of policy?

Back in 2012, the WoW (War on Welfare) Campaign was launched. Centred around a petition that got over 100,000 signatures, it held a debate into DWP reforms and their effect on people. Ultimately, it aimed to get the DWP to do a “cumulative impact assessment”. This is where the effects and consequences – both positive and negative – of actions or policies are assessed.

But despite the petition and the debate, the DWP and government still have not done an assessment. Both have even ignored calls from the UN to carry one out. The DWP claims it cannot do a cumulative impact assessment because it “cannot be reliably modelled”.

This is despite a thinktank, Policy in Practice, doing a cumulative impact assessment on welfare reform; you can read it here. It found that from a baseline amount in November 2016, by 2020 households hit by welfare reforms would be on average £40.62 a week worse off.

But still the DWP refuses to do an assessment. So, WoW Campaign is back. And it’s pushing for another parliamentary debate into the need for a cumulative impact assessment.

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