Commentary on ‘The cumulative impact of welfare reform’

The cumulative impact of welfare reform: a commentary was published by the Social Security Advisory Committee in April 2014.

The study states ‘We have found it difficult to assess the extent to which these goals have been achieved. One reason for this is that impact assessments are produced for individual policies rather than for the cumulative impact of welfare reform as a whole. Since 2010 there have been more than 20 separate impact assessments published which relate to welfare reforms.… Some overall assessments of impact are available, in particular for impacts across the income distribution, and across geographic areas. This report provides a summary of such analysis and draws attention to any gaps in the evidence base’.