Welfare Reform Introduction
In April 2013 the government introduced a number of significant changes to the benefit system which are together known as Welfare Reform. Some of these changes may cause a reduction in any income you receive from benefits or change the way you receive those benefits.
This section of our website gives you a summary of these changes and how they may affect you. If you think you will be affected by the changes, you should contact your local authority, benefits agency or local Jobcentre Plus for further advice.
- To see what benefits you may be entitled to you can use this benefit adviser provided by the government.
- You can visit our Welfare Reform timeline for an overview of when changes will come into effect.
- For a quick overview of Welfare Reform you can watch this video made by our fellow housing providers in Halton.
The main Welfare Reform changes
Under-occupation – (The Bedroom Tax)
These new rules mean that if you are a tenant of a social landlord like Paradigm and are of working age, your Housing Benefit may be reduced if you have one or more spare rooms.
Council Tax Benefit reform
Council Tax Benefit has been abolished and local councils have introduced new relief schemes. You may have to pay more Council Tax under the new local arrangements.
The Benefit Cap
The Benefit Cap limits the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can receive.
Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
This new benefit and assessment process is replacing the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Universal Credit is a new single benefit payment which will replace a number of different benefits, including Housing Benefit. Universal Benefit is being phased in across the UK between 2014 and 2017.
Welfare reform advice resources
There are many helpful resources on the web with further information about Welfare Reform.