Welfare reforms

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

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 were introduced from 7 November 2016 for previously capped cases and from 9 January 2017 for new cases in Doncaster.

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

Benefit Cap events

A number of Benefit Cap information events have been held across Doncaster to support those affected and we have been working with key partners to enable those affected to access the support they need. Key partners include The Department for Works and Pensions, Citizens Advice Bureau, St Leger Homes of Doncaster, Doncaster Children's Services Trust, South Yorkshire Credit Union and the council's Stronger Families Team.

Further information about the organisations and 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: 24 March 2017 11:28:06