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Welfare Reform and Universal Credit

Benefit Cap

In 2013 the Government introduced a benefit cap setting a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get.  From 7 November 2016 the cap amount and the benefits that are affected by the cap have changed.  For more information please check the benefits cap guidance.  If you think you will be affected, the benefit cap calculator can give you an estimate of how much your benefit might be capped.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit (UC) has been introduced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to replace a range of benefits for people of working age who are on a low income.  UC is administered solely by the DWP.  It is gradually being introduced in stages and will eventually replace the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit

If you are on any of these benefits the DWP will tell you when UC will affect you.  

For more information on eligibility and how to claim please check the Universal Credit guidance.

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