Response to the DWP's Green Paper on welfare reform.
CAS is particularly concerned about the overall approach of the Green Paper given the downturn in the UK economy. Unemployment and long-term unemployment levels are rising, and predicted to rise significantly higher over the next few years. Many of the policies contained in the Green Paper were conceived in a different economic climate and therefore designed to address fundamentally different problems from those we face today. CAS therefore has serious doubts as to how effective the proposals will – or can - be in meeting the UK Government’s own aspirations for employment.