The government refuse to carry out a cumulative impact assessment of welfare “reforms”. Again.

Kitty here discusses the limited data available for assessing the cumulative impact of the government’s welfare reforms on the poor, disabled and vulnerable. She gives the conclusions and recommendations made by the SSAC, demanding the government rectify this and perform such an assessment. Naturally, this has been rejected by the government, who have claimed that comparison with the policies of the last government would not be suitable, somehow, as Labour’s policies were ‘unaffordable’.
She shows this to be the mendacious nonsense it is, giving the figures for the amount of debt that has actually increased under the Tories. And if Labour’s policies spending on the poor were unaffordable, then so is giving massive tax breaks to the super-rich. Only more so. The proper conclusion is that it isn’t welfare spending that is unaffordable, it’s IDS’ massively overtime and overbudget welfare reforms, and, indeed this entire shambolic government.

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The Government has consistently stated its belief that “modelling difficulties”
prevented the production of a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform
which is sufficiently robust to be published. In particular, the outcome of medical
assessments – used in migrating claimants to reformed disability-related
benefits – cannot be inferred from the survey data upon which the
Government’s modelling is based.

The Government has implemented a programme of welfare reforms that have impacted on households in a variety of ways. Some households have been hit with cuts from more than one change in welfare law. The government have not carried out an assessment of how many people are affected by multiple cuts.

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) said they have it difficult to assess the cumulative impact of the reforms, but have recognised a number of the concerns raised by the currently available evidence.

They note that there are methodological challenges that…

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