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Hitting the Poorest Places Hardest: The local and regional impact of welfare reform

Publisher: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University, ISBN: 978-1-843-8736-00

ABSTRACT Given that benefit claimants are not spread evenly across the country, the large scale reform of the welfare system results in differential impact across the country. However, limited information existed in government documentation on the distribution of the impacts across the country. This research aims to plug the information gap by quantifying the overall impact of welfare reforms, and the impacts of individual benefit changes, for every local authority across Britain by 2014/15. The report highlights the scale of the reforms, shows the financial losses will hit some places much harder than others and that in general the most deprived areas in Britain are hit the hardest.

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May 16, 2014