Benefits changes

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 is new legislation introduced by the government. It makes a number of changes that will affect you if you receive benefits. Find out more.


Benefit changes

Benefit cap


The Welfare Reform and Work Act (2016) has introduced some changes to the benefit cap (maximum amounts of benefits claimed in one year), since November 2016.


Spare bedrooms


How many bedrooms do you have? From April 2013, the amount of Housing Benefit paid may be reduced if you have more bedrooms than you need.


Universal Credit


Universal Credit is a new benefit that will replace a range of working age means-tested benefits and tax credits.  It is hoped that bringing the benefits together into a single payment will make claiming…


Personal Independence Payment


Personal Independence Payment is a new benefit that has been introduced to replace Disability Living Allowance for working age claimants (aged 16-64).


Changes affecting pensioners


Most of the changes brought in by the Welfare Reform Act only affect people of working age, but some changes affect older people too.