Welfare reform changes


In recent months I have been contacted by numerous constituents who share concerns over the upcoming welfare reform changes that are being introduced by the government, and how these changes will impact them.

Many Birmingham residents will be affected by the changes. Birmingham City Council have published a guide to the changes, which can be found online here. It covers the following:

  • Under-occupation (the ‘Bedroom Tax’)
  • Benefit Cap
  • Universal Credit
  • Council Tax Support
  • Local Welfare Provision
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
  • Child Benefit

Some of these changes have proven to be very controversial and I know many people have strong views about them. You can read more about my views on what the government is doing online here.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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