Turning Point Response to the Welfare Reform Bill

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Commenting on today's publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, Turning Point's Chief Executive Lord Victor Adebowale said:

"Reform to the welfare system requires sensitivity and boldness combined with a deep understanding of the complexities of the lives of the long-term unemployed. The challenges for the reform of the welfare system are great, we live in a time where 2.5 million people are unemployed and maintaining a culture of individual blame for unemployment will get us nowhere. 

Work is good for us but people need support to access employment, they should not be penalised if they are engaging in a job search or making progress towards employment, which is why the decision to scrap the 10% cut in housing benefit for those unemployed for a year is a positive step. The most vulnerable need to be safeguarded and these reforms must do just that. The costs of not doing this are too great to consider."