The local impacts of welfare reform: An assessment of cumulative impacts and mitigations

The Government’s welfare reforms represent the most fundamental changes to the benefits system in a generation. However while the scale and impact of individual reforms have been documented and are generally understood, there have been no systematic attempts to understand the cumulative impacts of all of the Government’s reforms, and claimants’ and local areas’ ability to deal with them. 

The analysis, commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA), seeks to describe the cumulative impact of all major reforms to benefits announced since the Coalition Government took office in May 2010, including Universal Credit. For each welfare reform, we have apportioned to local authority level the Government’s most recent or final estimate of the fiscal impact of that measure. The analysis focuses on impacts for England and English Local authorities, covering £11.8 billion in projected savings in 2015/16.