Welfare Reform Information - Benefit Changes

This page is to keep you up to date of all current changes to Housing Benefit and / or Council Tax Support legislation.

Welfare Reform

Big changes are coming to benefits, introduced by the Government. If you receive benefits, this may affect you.

This web page will help you find out more about how you may be affected. Not all the details have been announced yet - you can also visit the DWP website for the latest announcements.

Under Occupation in Social Housing (sometimes referred to as 'bedroom tax' or 'spare room subsidy')

From April 2013 your Housing Benefit could be reduced if your home is considered to be too big. You will not be affected by this if you are of pension age.

This may apply to you if you have one or more bedrooms than you need. If this applies to you your Housing Benefit entitlement will be reduced by 14% for one spare bedroom, or 25% for two or more spare bedrooms.

For further information please read our Under Occupancy (Bedroom Tax) information sheet

Benefits Cap

A cap to the amount of benefits you can receive is being introduced in stages across England, Scotland and Wales. It will start in parts of London from April 2013 and be extended to the rest of Britain by the end of September 2013.

The total amount of benefit that you can receive will be capped. The Government will add up how much money you can get from a range of benefits including Housing Benefit, Child  Benefit, Tax Credit and Employment and Support Allowance.

Find out more about the changes in our Benefit Cap Factsheet.

For more information please read the DWP Benefit Cap Factsheet and visit gov.uk.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme

In some circumstances you may be eligible for Council Tax reduction. You can find out more in our Council Tax Reduction Scheme Factsheet.

Housing Benefit

Your can read our online section on housing benefit or visit www.gov.uk/housing-benefit for the latest information about changes to the housing benefit system.

Further information on the changes can be found on the DWP website.

Useful Links

You can also find out more about how the welfare reforms and changes to housing benefits may affect you from Festival Housing and Rooftop Housing.