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If you are on full or part Housing Benefit please read our leaflet to find out if you've been affected by the Government's new rules.
We're working with residents to support them through the changes, in particular cuts to housing benefit for tenants with a spare bedroom and the introduction of Universal Credit. Talk to our financial inclusion team if the changes affect you.
Changes to benefits from April 2013 included:
Universal Credit was introduced
Universal Credit is a new simpler, single monthly payment for people looking for work or on a low income. It is replacing some of the benefits and tax credits you might be getting now. Whether you can claim depends on where you live and your personal circumstances.
Council Tax Benefit was abolished on 1 April 2013. Local councils have brought in their own Council Tax Reduction Schemes to replace it.
For more information on the changes to benefits visit the Money Advice Service.