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Welfare Reform

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.

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.

Find out more about under-occupation...

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.

Find out more the replacements for Council Tax Benefit...

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).

Find out more about Personal Independence Payments...

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace 6 existing benefits with a single monthly payment, in some regions of the UK. The Department of Work and Pensions plan to make Universal Credit available in each part of the UK during 2016.

Find out more about Universal Credit...

Welfare reform advice resources

There are many helpful resources on the web with further information about Welfare Reform.

We have links to many key resources here...