Benefits changes

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 is new legislation introduced by the government. It makes a number of changes that will affect you if you receive benefits. Find out more.

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Benefit changes

Benefit cap

 

From April 2013 a cap has been introduced on the total amount of benefit that working age people can receive. 

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Spare bedrooms

 

How many bedrooms do you have? From April 2013, the amount of Housing Benefit paid may be reduced if you have more bedrooms than you need.

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Universal Credit

 

Universal Credit is a new benefit that will replace a range of working age means-tested benefits and tax credits.  It is hoped that bringing the benefits together into a single payment will make claiming…

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Personal Independence Payment

 

Personal Independence Payment is a new benefit that has been introduced to replace Disability Living Allowance for working age claimants (aged 16-64).

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Changes affecting pensioners

 

Most of the changes brought in by the Welfare Reform Act only affect people of working age, but some changes affect older people too.

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