Westminster launch for welfare reform research


A report by Sheffield Hallam University examining the impact of the Government's welfare reforms to people across the United Kingdom has been launched at Westminster.

The report, The Uneven Impact of Welfare Reform: The Financial Losses to Places and People, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Oxfam, and put together by Sheffield Hallam's Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research (CRESR), is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the financial implications of the Government's welfare reforms.

The research, by Professors Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill, documents how:

  • Deprived areas lose up to three times as much as prosperous parts of southern England
  • More than 80 per cent of the financial loss falls on families with dependent children
  • Tenants in social housing lose five times as much as owner-occupiers

The presentation of the evidence was followed by a keynote response from the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Owen Smith MP.

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