The BBC reports that leaked documents from the Department for Work and Pensions suggest the government is planning a regional benefits cap, reducing child benefit, taxing disability benefits and reducing eligibility for the carers’ allowance.
The proposals are aimed at helping to save £12 billion from the welfare budget by 2017/18.
The Conservatives have of course insisted that the proposals were “not party policy.” Yet. They dismissed the leaked report as “ill-informed and inaccurate speculation” However, the documents were prepared by civil servants and commissioned by Conservative Party officials.
These are the key proposals in the report:
- Industrial Injuries Compensation Scheme – could be replaced by companies providing industrial injury insurance policy for employees. Any that did not would become members of a default national industrial injuries scheme, similar to the programme for asbestos sufferers.
DWP predicted saving – £1bn
- Carer’s Allowance – this could be restricted to those eligible…
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