Benefits simplification

Benefits simplification

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No welfare system that attempts to meet the needs of millions of vulnerable people can be simple but this report concludes the UK benefit system has an unacceptable level of dysfunctional complexity. This causes considerable operational difficulties and can contribute to financial hardship for claimants. Although some good work is being done on incremental and operational improvement, this cannot address the far-reaching systematic complexity. The Committee is disappointed that the Government has not set out a clear vision for a simplified system and asks that it should consider the case for radical reform. They note the role played by the Pensions Commission in assessing the options for UK pensions and propose the establishment of a Welfare Commission that can undertake a full examination of the possibility for fundamental change.1: Report, together with formal minutes Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Work and Pensions Committee ... the reporting structure is the same, although claimants can report changes over the telephone if their local office provides a telephone claim line. ... If a claimant is also in receipt of Pension Credit, they must report: any change to their tenancy, apart from changes in their rent if they are aanbsp;...

Title:Benefits simplification
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Work and Pensions Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2007-07-26


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