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Welfare Reform & other changes

The Welfare Reform Act changed the way benefits are paid and how they are worked out.

The main features are:

  • Universal Credit which is gradually replacing working age benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Employment & Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit. This change only affects working age applicants
  • The spare bedroom deduction which reduces the amount of Housing Benefit for working age people who are treated as having more bedrooms than they need
  • The Benefit Cap which limits the amount of benefit a household can receive to that of the average salary of a working age family

The Welfare & Work Act and Housing & Planning Act has introduced more changes which are detailed on this timeline:

April 2016:

July 2016:

  • From 28 July 2016 temporary absence rules for Housing Benefit and Pension Credit is reduced from 13 weeks to 4 weeks for people outside Great Britain to bring in-line with Universal Credit

November 2016:

  • The benefit cap is reduced to £20,000 per year for couples and lone parents and £13,400 per year for single people with no children. This change only affects working age applicants

April 2017:

  • No automatic entitlement to Housing Costs for 18 to 21 year olds

  • Families claiming Universal Credit will be required to seek work once the youngest child reaches 3 years old or benefits will be reduced

  • Families claiming Universal Credit, Housing Benefit and Tax Credits with two or more children will receive no further income for additional children born after April 2017

  • Any new tenancies granted will be for a fixed term of between 2 and 10 years              

If you wish discuss any of these changes and how they may affect you, call the Financial Inclusion team on 01302 736355 or email fininc@stlegerhomes.co.uk.

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St Leger Court
White Rose Way
Doncaster
DN4 5ND
Tel: 01302 862862
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