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Changes to benefits (welfare reform)

The UK Government has introduced a simpler welfare system that encourages people into work and to be less dependent on benefits.

The have been a number of changes to the welfare system over the past few years. Some of the reforms are ongoing:

Benefit cap

The UK Government limits the total amount of benefits you can receive and benefit are adjusted to meet this cap.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a single payment (replacing 6 types of benefit) for people who are looking for work or on a low income. It was introduced to some new claimants in this area last year and is being rolled out to others over time.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

This is a payment for disabled people aged between 16 and 64 and replaces Disability Living Allowance.

Spare bedrooms

Housing benefit has been reduced for people in social housing with spare bedrooms. This is the Social Sector Size criteria and is sometimes called the 'Bedroom Tax'.

Claimant commitment

A detailed plan of what you will do to find work will be agreed with you and your work coach when you make a claim for Jobseeker's Allowance.

Advice and support

We have specially trained advisors who can give you confidential benefit and money advice.

Page last updated: 25/04/16