Benefits changes and tax credits
There have been a number of recent changes to the benefits system.
Universal Credit is being introduced, Disability Living Allowance is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment, Under Occupancy or ‘Bedroom Tax’ has been introduced and Council Tax Benefit has been replaced by local Council Tax Reduction Schemes.
There are also changes to Housing Benefit and the Social Fund, and an overall cap has been introduced to the amount you can get in benefits.
If you have a spare bedroom and you’re renting a council or housing association property, then your Housing Benefit may be reduced.
If you are between 16 and 64, there is a limit on the total amount of benefits you can receive.
Personal Independence Payment is designed to help towards some of the extra costs you may have because of a long-term health condition or disability.
Universal Credit is a new type of financial support for people of working age who are looking for work or on a low income.
Incapacity Benefit is changing and people claiming the benefit will be moved over to Employment and Support Allowance.