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Welfare Reform timeline


Welfare Reform changes from April 2013


The following is a summary of upcoming Welfare Reform changes. We will update this page as more information becomes available. You can download a detailed, updated timeline from the DWP here.


April 2013


Under-occupation - Sometimes referred to as the ‘Bedroom Tax,' new size-criteria rules will be introduced to reduce Housing Benefit for social tenants with spare rooms.

Council Tax Benefit reform - The current centrally-administered Council Tax Benefit scheme will be abolished and some local councils will introduce new relief schemes in April.

The Benefit Cap - For Paradigm tenants in the London Borough of Enfield only - new limits to the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can receive will be introduced.

Non-Dependent Deductions - Reductions in Housing Benefit or Council Tax relief for claimants living with other adults, known as Non-dependent Deductions, are likely to be increase by up to 22%.


June 2013


Personal Independence Payments (PIP) - this new benefit will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for those making new claims.


July 2013


The Benefit Cap - new limits to the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can receive, will be extended to all other areas from 15 July 2013.


October 2013


Universal Credit - A new single monthly payment for those claiming a range of benefits will be introduced for those making new claims. Existing benefit claimants will be moved on to Universal Credit in phases between October 2013 and October 2017.

Digital by default - Most new claims for benefits will need to be made online from this date.

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) - DLA claims that come to an end will be re-assessed using the new PIP assessment and the claimant will be awarded PIP if they meet the new entitlement criteria. Those with existing DLA claims will be moved on to PIP in phases between October 2013 and May 2018.

Housing Cost Contributions – this will replace current Non-dependant Deduction . Non-dependent Deductions are reductions in Housing Benefit or Council Tax relief for claimants living with other adults.


April 2014


Council Tax Benefit reform - More local councils to introduce new arrangements which will see some people paying more Council Tax than they did previously.