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Children’s groups calling for Welfare Reform Bill amendments, 09/09/11 [W/E/S/NI]

Action for Children, and other children’s groups across the UK, are calling for the Welfare Reform Bill to be amended to ensure claimants with dependent children will not face sanctions if they are unable to work.

The Bill, currently before Parliament, includes provisions to make sanctions by way of a reduction in the proposed new universal credit, on those who fail to participate in work preparation requirements such as work placements, or taking up of an available vacancy.

However, Action for Children and other children’s groups consider that safeguards are needed to ensure claimants’ suitability to access employment takes into account the gaps in high quality and affordable childcare in Wales and many other parts of the UK.

Action for Children has also written a briefing on the reasons for amendments of the Bill, in preparation for its second reading in the House of Lords.

Download the briefing