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What are the changes?

The Government has been introducing changes to their welfare benefits system since April 2013. The aim is to help people move into and progress in work, while supporting the most vulnerable. Here is a summary of the changes which you can read more about by exploring this section of the website further...


The Bedroom Tax

The first change was that the Government altered the rules about how many bedrooms you are entitled to. If you claim housing benefit and have more bedrooms than you are entitled to, you will lose money. See here for more details.


Benefit Cap

Benefits have been capped at £500 per week for couples and single parents, and £350 per week for single people without children. Any housing benefit you get is included in that amount. If the total amount of benefit you get, including housing benefits, comes to more than the cap, your housing benefit will go down and you will have to make up the difference from your other income or benefits.


Changes to Council Tax

The national scheme of Council Tax Benefit has been abolished and local authorities now administer their own schemes. They have less money to do this so the likelihood is that most people, apart from those over pensionable age and other vulnerable groups, will have to pay some of their council tax. See here for more details.


Universal Credit

This is where the Government is bringing together a number of different benefits into a single payment. All your money, including housing benefit, will be paid to you direct so it will be your responsibility to manage your money and pay your rent. See here for more details. See here for more details.