Welfare Reform Introduction
Starting 1 April 2013 the government is introducing 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 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 room.
Council Tax Benefit reform
Council Tax Benefit will be abolished and local councils will introduce new relief schemes. You may have to pay more Council Tax under the new local arrangements.
The Benefit Cap
These new rules, being introduced this summer, will cap the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can receive.
Find out more about the Benefit Cap...
Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
This new benefit and assessment process will replace 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 will be phased in from October 2013 through October 2017.
Find out more about Universal Credit...
Welfare reform advice resources
There are many helpful resources on the web with further information about Welfare Reform.