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The Effects of Welfare Reform on Disabled People



Speaker: Sue Royston, Social Policy Officer, Citizen's Advice Bureau

Please note the location of this event has changed, the seminar will now take place in: Room B103, University Building, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

Each year the Centre for Disability and Social Inclusion at City University London runs a series of events and seminars which provide a platform for academics, practitioners and service users to discuss developments on best practice and help promote social inclusion for disabled people and others at risk of social exclusion, through research, teaching and consultancy. Previous topics have included: welfare at work, disability services in an age of austerity, challenges for the third sector, insurance and social inclusion.

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The 2012 Welfare Reform Act has legislated for the biggest change in the welfare benefits system since its conception over sixty years ago. The centre piece of the Act is the introduction of two new benefits:  Universal Credit (UC) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP). UC will replace much of the benefits and tax credits system for people whether in or out of work. PIP will replace Disability Living Allowance for those of working age. Analysis of the financial implications of Universal Credit for differing groups of claimants demonstrated that whilst many groups of people will be better off under the new system some groups of disabled people will be significantly worse off. There is also considerable concern that many disabled people will be worse off under PIP than DLA. In this presentation Sue Royston will look at the likely combined impact of welfare reform on different groups of disabled people.

Sue Royston is the social policy officer responsible for policy work on Universal Credit and tax credits at Citizens Advice (England and Wales). She developed the scenarios used in the Citizens Advice briefings on the Welfare Reform Bill to demonstrate the financial implications of welfare reform on different groups of claimants. Citizens Advice, together with The Children's Society and Disability Rights UK,  have been working during the last few months with Baroness Grey-Thompson on her inquiry into the impact of Universal Credit on disabled people. Sue has been working on the inquiry on behalf of Citizens Advice and was one of the authors of the report Holes in the Safety Net which came out of the inquiry.


Citizens' Advice Bureau/Disability Rights UK/Children's Society (2012) Holes in the safety net. The impact of Universal Credit on disabled people and their families. Available at:

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1.00pm - 2.15pmTuesday 15th January 2013

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Doria Pilling

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8992 4302

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