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Welfare reforms - changes to benefits system

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Benefit sanctions

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

Download a leaflet giving a summary of the benefit changes (303kb pdf)

Helping you prepare for the changes

  • Calculate how you'll be affected - If you're claiming Housing Benefit use the Welfare Reform Calculator to work out how you'll be affected and what your options are.
  • Talk to someone - Contact local or national organisations for money, benefits and debt advice. 

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