Welfare reform (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3710
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Would you agree that the added financial pressure placed on local authorities in London as they attempt to deal with the impact of cuts to the social security system, especially in relation to housing, highlights the extent to which the Government's reform agenda has been counterproductive? Please explain your response.

Answer

Answer for Welfare reform (1)

Answer for Welfare reform (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No.

A policy that's challenging to implement is not automatically a counterproductive one. All mainstream political parties agreed that the spiralling welfare reform bill needed to be brought under control and all signed up to limiting the increase in benefits until 2016. The Government's large increase in its Discretionary Housing Payments budget for local authorities and the healthy share of this that I secured for London have helped London boroughs to manage pressures.