Welfare reforms - changes to benefits system
From April 2013 the government is making huge changes to the
benefits system. If you’re claiming benefits you need to do all you
can to be prepared.
If you’re of working age the changes are likely to affect you.
If you are of Pension Credit age (receiving Pension Credit) you
won’t be affected.
Summary of main changes
Reduced rates for tenants of private. landlords, new rules about
spare rooms for council and housing association tenants.
Abolished and replaced with a Local Council Tax Support
Replaced by Personal Independence Payment for people aged 16-64.
The Community Care Grant and Crisis Loan elements of the Social
Fund will cease from 1 April 2013. The Discretionary Crisis Fund is
a fund of last resort to help people who are in a crisis.
Limits the overall amount of benefit households will
Replaces lots of other benefits that a household receives and
instead households will get one benefit paid monthly.
If you're claiming Housing Benefit use the Welfare Reform
Calculator to work out how you'll be affected
and what your options are.
Contact local or national organisations for money, benefits and
If you've got a question about the benefit changes see if
it's answered on the frequently asked questions
Getting a job is the best way of preventing the impact of the
Good ideas to make the most of your money.
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Welfare reform: preparing for
changes - National Housing Federation.