Unique 'Welfare Reform Cumulative Impact Analysis' in Liverpool
29 March 2017
Liverpool has become the first local authority in the country to carry out a cumulative impact assessment to examine the impact of welfare reform. The absence of a national analysis that brings together the combined impacts of changes to welfare creates a risk that the impacts on particular groups and communities is not fully understood. The analysis identifies over 20 major changes to working age benefits since 2010 that the Government has implemented or plans to implement, affecting around 55,000 households in Liverpool.
The report is intended to help the Council and partners to further develop the approach to supporting those affected by current and future welfare reforms.
It builds on Sheffield Hallam University research published in March 2016 which suggested that welfare reforms have cost the city's economy the equivalent of £157M per year, set to rise to £292M per year by 2020. Liverpool City Council has had a 58% cut in central government funding since 2010 and has to find another £90M in savings by 2020, is having to use around £7M of those reduced funds to help with rent top ups and crisis payments.
Liverpool Food People are part of the food insecurity sub group that reports into The Mayoral Action Group on Fairness and Tackling Poverty - food has been identified as one of the basic needs - and a recommendation within the report is that action to address food poverty and fuel poverty is coordinated across the city and that research is carried out on the level of food insecurity (both moderate and severe) across the city.
Read the report