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Changes to Benefits and Grants from April 2013

Big changes to the welfare system are being introduced from April 2013. This could affect any benefits that you may receive and the amounts that you may be entitled to.

Welfare reforms have been introduced by the Government in an aim to make the benefits system simpler and fairer by:

  • Providing incentives to get more people into work
  • Delivering fairness to those claiming benefits and the taxpayer
  • Protecting the most vulnerable in our society

The main changes will include:

  • The introduction of a localised Council Tax Support scheme to replace Council Tax Benefit
  • Limiting the total amount of benefits a household can claim by applying a Benefit Cap
  • Reducing the amount of Housing Benefit paid to people renting from Councils or Housing Associations who are in properties that are too large for their needs
  • The creation of a Discretionary Welfare Support scheme to assist people in high, short term need following the abolition of some elements of the Social Fund
  • The introduction of Universal Credits which will replace a number of existing benefits and provide a single streamlined payment
  • Introducing Personal Independence Payments as a replacement for Disability Living Allowance

For further details on specific changes please see our more information section on the right hand side of this page.