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The Poverty Alliance (EAPN Scotland): Welfare White Paper - Making Work Pay by making the Workless Poorer?

The UK Government launched on 11 November a White Paper on Welfare. The paper contains proposals to simplify the benefit system, to “make work pay” and introduces the idea of a ‘universal’ credit.

The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR), a coalition of over 40 third sector organisations, faith groups, unions and charities from across Scotland, would in other circumstances welcome such proposals but warn that it seems that the Government intend to make work pay by impoverishing the jobless rather than improving the incomes of those on low incomes.