Welfare Reform 2017: Impact on Equality


Several changes to the Welfare and Benefits support schemes will come into effect this week, as from Thursday 5 April 2017 –  these will have significant impact on some groups supported by Fife Centre for Equalities.

Each day this week and the next we will be monitoring and sharing current news and articles relating to those changes and the areas of work likely to be affected.

For information, the full timetable of planned Benefit changes for 2017 has been detailed by the third sector organisation Turn2Us on the webpage below:

For information on Managing Your Benefits and/or Living On A Budget in in Fife, please use as a first point of contect the Fife Council webpage below:

For updates on how Scottish Government’s Scottish Welfare Fund allocation (i.e. the Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants funds) has changed, see the guidance documentation below:


Social security changes – April 2017

Link: http://cpag.org.uk/content/social-security-changes-april-2017

Source: CPAG

Equality Topic/Group affected: Poverty, Children, Young People

Benefit changes ‘could push 200,000 children into poverty’

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39455078

Source: BBC News

Equality Topic/Group affected: Poverty, Children, Young People

New welfare reforms put extra pressure on single parents to enter paid work

Link: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/welfare-reforms-put-extra-pressure-094649776.html

Source: The Conversation

Equality Issue/Group affected: Single parents

The Two-Child Limit Ignores Need And Drives Up Poverty

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/lizzie-flew/two-child-limit-poverty_b_15776332.html?1491217353

Source: Huffington Post UK

Equality Issue/Group affected: Family size, Poverty

Benefit cuts to hit housing association tenants in Scotland

Link: http://www.poverty.ac.uk/report-scotland-housing-un-government-cuts/benefit-cuts-hit-housing-association-tenants-scotland

Source: Poverty and Social Exclusion

Equality Issue/Group affected: Poverty, Housing

Cancer patient’s family stands to lose £50k under benefit cuts

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/02/cancer-patients-family-stands-to-lose-50k-under-benefit-cuts?CMP=share_btn_tw

Source: Guardian

Equality Issue/Group affected: Widowed Parent’s Allowance, Health and Social Care 

Advice: How does Welfare Reform impact on me and my family?

Link: http://www.banbridgeleader.co.uk/lifestyle/advice-how-does-welfare-reform-impact-on-me-and-my-family-1-7897634

Source: Banbridge Leader

Equality Issue/Group affected: Welfare changes, Family

“For the UK Government, some children appear to matter more than others”— Commissioner blogs on new benefit cuts

Link: https://www.cypcs.org.uk/news/in-the-news/for-the-uk-government-some-children-appear-to-matter-more-than-others-commissioner-blogs-on-new-benefit-cuts

Source: Children and Young People’s Commissioner

Equality Issue/Group affected: Young People, Children

“Philip Hammond urged to pause cut in benefits for widowed parents”

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/07/philip-hammond-urged-to-pause-cut-in-benefits-for-widowed-parents

Source: Guardian

Equality Issue/Group affected: Family, Bereavement

“UK welfare reform has been a ‘car crash’, say those on the front line”

Link: https://www.holyrood.com/articles/inside-politics/uk-welfare-reform-has-been-car-crash-say-those-front-line

Source: Holyrood

Equality Issue/Group affected: Homelessness

“Scottish housing figures call for welfare reform re-think post election”

Link: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/scottish-housing-figures-call-for-welfare-reform-re-think-post-election/7020403.article

Source: Inside Housing

Equality Issue/Group affected: Housing

“Austerity renders the lives of disabled people invisible, unliveable, and invalid”

Link: https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/sophia-benedict/austerity-renders-lives-of-disabled-people-invisible-unliveable-and-invalid

Source: Open Democracy

Equality Issue/Group affected: Disability, Austerity

“Social Security (Scotland) Bill”

Link: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/105267.aspx

Source: Scottish Government

Equality Issue/Group affected: Disability, Austerity

FCE will update this post throughout the weeks as further information and analysis of the benefits change come to light up following the result of the General Election 2017 as this will have a a strong influence on the direction of welfare rights in Scotland and across the UK.

If you have any concerns about any of the issues raised, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Elric at Fife Centre for Equalities

Keeping a keen eye on equality-related issues and news. Development Officer at Fife Centre for Equalities.