Next week will see the introduction of significant cuts to the generosity of two parts of the working-age benefits system. These will affect some new recipients of employment and support allowance, and any family receiving tax credits or universal credit who has either a newly born first child or a newly born third or subsequent child. The restriction to new claims or new births means that the changes will not result in existing claimants seeing their benefit income fall. But in the long run, these are substantial cuts: together they are expected to reduce government spending by over £5 billion a year in the long run. This observation discusses these changes.
This presentation was given at a briefing following the March Budget 2017.