University of Bath

The 2013 Comprehensive Spending Review and the implications for making work pay and family poverty

This IPR Policy Brief examines two of the latest developments in Coalition policy that were announced in the 2013 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).

To cut the deficit, the UK government has increasingly turned to cuts in working age welfare. It has operated a ‘salami slicing’ approach: cutting or capping out of work benefit entitlements, in-work tax credits & Child Benefit. This has been combined with dis-entitling some groups from benefits through tougher testing or changing the rules of entitlement, for example limiting access to some disability benefits to a year where the person has some other income sources & removing Child Benefit for better off families with children. At the same time, those claiming out of work benefits face the threat of more severe sanctions where they fail to comply with stringent job search requirements. This report examines two of the latest developments in Coalition policy that were announced in the 2013 CSR: extending the period between leaving work & being entitled to receive benefit payments; & extending restrictions on benefit for lone parents to those with younger children.