Prospect, 25 November 2015

Prospect asked a range of experts for their view on whether the Spending Review was a success in “Prospect panel: was the Autumn Statement a success?” Senior Research Director Charlotte Pickles analysed how it will impact welfare. She argues that, despite the Chancellor’s U-turn on tax credits, any relief will be “temporary” due to changes in Universal Credit work allowances (announced in the Summer Budget) and through the impact revisions to social housing rents may have. However, it is the announcement of the extension of conditionality which was the most interesting development:

“Perhaps the most interesting of the new announcements is the extension of conditionality and support to a further 1.3 million claimants. The Blue book is vague on who these claimants are—something which the Government must urgently clarify—but whoever the cohort this is a big extension of Jobcentre Plus’s role.”

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