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.
Personal Independence Payment was replaced Disability Living Allowance Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has been replaced by a benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people aged 16 to 64. Find out more on the Money Advice Service website
Council Tax Benefit was abolished
Council Tax Benefit was abolished on 1 April 2013. Local councils have brought in their own Council Tax Reduction Schemes to replace it.
Benefit cap was introduced If you’re aged 16 to 64, there is a limit on the total amount of benefit you can get. This is called a benefit cap. Find out more on Money Advice Service website
Housing Benefit cuts for social housing tenants with a spare bedroom your Housing Benefit may be cut by 14% if you are considered to have one spare bedroom and by 25% if you have two spare bedrooms or more. This is often referred to as the ‘Bedroom Tax’. Find out more on our Your benefits: Number of bedrooms page
Changes to the Social Fund
Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans were abolished on 1 April 2013. They have been replaced by support provided by your local authority in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales.
As people are being moved onto Universal Credit, Budgeting Loans are being replaced by a new system of Budgeting Advances.