The Welfare Reform Bill is currently being considered by the House of Lords. The Kinship Care Alliance has some serious concerns about some of the proposals in the Bill.
Please read the Kinship Care Alliance’s second reading briefing which sets out recommendations which would reduce the negative impact of some of the proposals in the Bill, consistent with Department for Education policy to enable children to live safely within their family.
The Kinship Care Alliance is proposing two key amendments to the Bill. The first would exempt for a year family and friends carers who are raising a child aged 5 years or over from the requirements under Universal Credit to seek work. This amendment draws upon the reality that around a third of family and friends carers have to actually give up work to take on the children, in some cases at the insistence of the child's social worker. The second amendment would exempt family and friends carers from the benefit cap, which will otherwise badly hit some who either already have children of their own or are taking on sibling groups of children.
Amendment 1 on work conditionality has been proposed by Baroness Drake.
Amendment 2 on the benefit cap is being proposed by Baroness Tyler.
These amendments are also supported by MPs:
Kate Green, Cathy Jamieson and David Lammy. Please encourage peers and your MP to support the amendments.
Organisations supporting the amendments include:
Action for Prisoners Families, BAAF, Buttle UK, Child Poverty Action Group, Disability Alliance, Family Action, Family Rights Group, Grandparents Plus, Kent Kinshp Care, The Fostering Network, The Grandparents’ Association, NAGALRO and PACT.