Welfare reforms

Most of the government's welfare reforms are now in place.

Welfare Reform

A full breakdown of what has changed and why can be found here.

Benefit Cap

The Welfare Reform and Work Act (2016) introduces some changes to the benefit cap. This includes changes to the benefit cap levels to £23,000 a year for couples with or without children and lone parents and £15,410 for single people without children in Greater London, and £20,000 and £13,400 respectively for those groups elsewhere in Great Britain. They also include additional exemptions for recipients of Guardian’s Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Universal Credit claimants who receive payments towards carer’s costs.

The changes will take effect on 7 November 2016 for previously capped cases and 26 December 2016 for new cases. The implementation date for new cases may be subject to change by the Department for Works and Pensions.

The Department for Works and Pensions will write to tell anyone affected by the change. We will also write to tell people the changes to their Housing benefit.

Benefit Cap event

A special Benefit Cap information event is to be held at the Trades Club, Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster on 25 January 2017.We will send further information about the event to anyone affected by the Benefit Cap.

If you are concerned, confused or need help to avoid being affected by the Benefit Cap please come to the event. You can talk to us about your circumstances and there will be staff from other organisations that can help you.

Further information about the organisations, advice and support available to help people affected is in the leaflet below.

Benefit Cap Advice and Support leaflet

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For more information about the benefit cap changes please visit Gov.UK's benefit cap page.

Universal Credit

The government is bringing together a number of current means-tested working age benefits and tax credits into one single benefit to be known as Universal Credit.

These benefits include:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing benefit
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit

Universal Credit is gradually being rolled out across the country. Universal Credit was introduced in Doncaster from 28 September 2015 for new claims from most single people seeking work who would have previously claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance. The timescale for other groups making a new claim for Universal Credit in Doncaster is not confirmed yet but is expected to be around late 2016/early 2017. Following this, people currently receiving any of the above list of benefits will also transfer to Universal Credit but, again, the timescale for this is not known currently.

More information about Universal Credit is available here.

Universal Credit FAQs
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Last updated: 16 December 2016 13:09:51