In March 2012, the UK Government announced a number of changes to the benefits system which could affect you.
Some of the main changes under the Welfare Reform Act are:
Reducing Housing Benefit for tenants of working age who are deemed to have a ‘spare bedroom’ from April 2013 (Click on Bedroom Tax below for more details)
Paying benefits directly to people of working age (this is being phased in parts of North Wales from April 2014. (Click on Universal Credit below to find out more)
Replacing Disability Living Allowance with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). All existing working age claimants of DLA will have their entitlement reassessed, and many will see a drop in the amount of money they receive or may be taken off PIP altogether.
From the outset, we have been concerned about the financial consequences of these changes for many of our tenants. To support you through this difficult period, we have invested heavily in time and resources, to help lessen the effects of this and other changes to the benefit system. We will continue to do the best we can for our tenants. If you’re worried about how the “bedroom tax” or the other planned changes and how they may affect you, please contact us.
- Bedroom Tax
- Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP)
- Universal Credit
- Council Tax Support
- Disability Living Allowance and PIP
- Benefit Cap