6 Oct 2010

Welfare recommendations criticised by alternative group

10:49 am on 6 October 2010

A group representing community and beneficiary organisations is warning that reforms suggested by Treasury could have devastating consequences for beneficiaries.

The Alternative Welfare Working Group was set up over concerns that the Government's official Welfare Working Group does not represent those most affected by welfare reform.

In a paper prepared for the Government's group, the Treasury recommends moving sickness and invalid beneficiaries onto the unemployment benefit to get them into work.

A member of the alternative group, Sue Bradford, says that would result in a benefit cut for many and leave people who are sick or impaired vulnerable to constant pressure to find work, which she says could make some beneficiaries suicidal.