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TOPIC: The DWP will now be debated in parliament. About time.

The DWP will now be debated in parliament. About time. 13 Oct 2018 05:40 #10528

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is going to be the subject of a debate in parliament. But it’s not just going to be on one policy. It will be on the impact of eight years of cuts and reforms.
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 forced 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 haven’t done an assessment. Both have also 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”.
Time for a debate

This is despite a thinktank, Policy in Practice, doing a cumulative impact assessment on welfare reform; you can read it here [pdf]. It found [pdf, p4-5] 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 the WoW Campaign is back. And it’s now secured a debate in parliament.

www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/10/12/the-dwp-will-now-be-debated-in-parliament-about-time/
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