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Welfare reform

Information about Welfare Reforms, including Universal Credit, size restrictions for working age claimants in social rented sector, Benefit Cap and Daily Job Seeker website.

The Social Security (Restrictions on Amounts for Children and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2017 makes amendments to the Housing Benefit rules from 6 April 2017

The amendments limit support to no more than two children, to all new entitlements to Housing Benefit arising on or after 6 April 2017, or where, in an existing Housing Benefit case, a new child or young person becomes part of the family on or after that date and are not included in the claimant's Child Tax Credit assessment.

The restriction only applies to the personal allowances for children/young people to be included in the Housing Benefit Applicable Amount. Every child/young person in the household will continue to be relevant for the purposes of other elements of Housing Benefit entitlement, such as determining the number of rooms a claimant is deemed to need and the award of premiums.

The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Size Criteria) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017 which make changes to the size criteria rules from April 2017

Housing benefit size criteria rules change from 1 April 2017 - couple unable to share because of disability (pdf, 23kb) (opens in a new window)

Housing benefit size criteria rules change from 1 April 2017 - disabled child or disabled adult non-dependant (pdf, 122kb) (opens in a new window)

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

    PIP started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013.

  • Universal Credit

    Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace six existing benefits with a simpler, single monthly payment if you're out of work or on a low income. Universal Credit will help you to be better off in work, start a new job or work more hours.

  • Benefit Cap

    A cap on the total amount of benefits to which working age people can receive.

  • Size criteria restrictions for working age claimants in the social rented sector

    From 1 April 2013 the way housing benefit is calculated for working age claimants living in accommodation rented to them by a local authority, registered housing association or other registered provider of social housing has changed.

  • Daily Job Seeker

    Department of Works and Pensions has launched a new online resource for job seekers.

  • Temporary Absence Amendment

    The Government has amended the Housing Benefit & State Pension Credit temporary absence rules to introduce new provisions which relate specifically to absences outside of Great Britain (GB).

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