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Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker: Welfare

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Welcome to the Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker. As the name suggests, it tracks the progress the government is making - or not - in achieving the promises made by the Conservatives in their 2015 general election manifesto and major policy announcements.

The traffic light scorecard above shows the current status of all of the policies. The tracker will be updated over the course of this parliament.

The tracker has been broken down into policy areas, which can be explored by clicking on each of the links below.

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This section deals with welfare. This is a partly-devolved matter: read more.

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Introduce tougher Day One Work Requirements for young people claiming out of work benefits

- Manifesto, page 18

  • A "Day One Work Requirement" will mean young people claiming out of work benefits will have to contribute to their communities (community service) from their first day on welfare. This re-styled "Youth Obligation" is being introduced for Universal Credit claimants aged 18-21 from April 2017

Replace the Jobseeker's Allowance for 18-21 year-olds with a Youth Allowance that will be time-limited to six months

- Manifesto, page 18

  • This will be part of the Youth Obligation, which is being introduced in April 2017
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Ensure that 18-21-year-olds no longer have an automatic entitlement to Housing Benefit

- Manifesto, page 18

  • The government has announced it will withdraw Housing Benefit entitlement from some 18-21-year-olds from April 2017

Help families stay together and handle the stresses of modern life by continuing to invest at least £7.5m a year in relationship support

- Manifesto, page 27

  • The prime minister repeated the commitment in a speech on 22 June 2015
  • The government says funding for relationship support has been doubled to £70m over the course of this parliament. It says the money will be spent on creating a centre of excellence to inform and advise local services; educating the public and professionals on improving and sustaining relationships and providing counselling support
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Freeze working age benefits for two years from April 2016

- Manifesto, page 28

  • Introduced in the Summer Budget 2015

Lower the maximum amount that a single household can claim in benefits each year from £26,000 to £23,000

- Manifesto, page 28

  • Measures to implement the lowering of the threshold are included in the Welfare Reform and Work Act which received Royal Assent in March 2016

Introduce regional adoption agencies, working across local authority boundaries to match children with the best parents for them

- Manifesto, page 35

  • Government unveiled plans for regional adoption agencies in October 2015. The Education and Adoption Act 2016 compels Local Authorities to merge their adoption services into regional agencies
  • The government aims to have 150 out of 152 Local Authorities in Regional Adoption Agencies by Autumn 2018
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Cap charges for residential social care from April 2016

- Manifesto, page 65

  • After concerns were raised by the Local Government Association and other groups the government said it would delay implementing the cap until 2020

We will keep the triple lock pension system

- Manifesto, page 65

  • No changes announced to the triple lock pension system as of September 2016

Maintain all the current pensioner benefits including Winter Fuel Payments, free bus passes, free prescriptions and TV licences for the next Parliament

- Manifesto, page 67

  • No changes announced to pensioner benefits so far in this parliament

Deliver Universal Credit, in order to provide the right incentives for people to work; target support at those who need it most; reduce fraud and error; and streamline administration of the welfare system

- Manifesto, page 28

  • Universal Credit has been rolled out for new single jobseekers and is now available in all jobcentres but in July 2016 new Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green announced a further delay in the timetable for completing delivery of Universal Credit - now scheduled for 2022
  • The government says the roll-out is scheduled to scale up significantly in July 2017 from five jobcentres a month to 30 a month

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