If you get benefits, things could soon be changing for you.
The Welfare Reform Act 2012, introduced by the UK Government, means major changes to the way people receive benefits and the amount they get.
It is a big change for many people so, the sooner you find out how this affects you, the better prepared you will be.
Under the new rules, if you have more bedrooms than the UK Government says you need, you lose part of your housing benefit. If you have one ‘spare’ bedroom your housing benefit is cut by 14% of your full weekly rent. If you have two or more spare bedrooms, you lose 25%
Read more about Bedroom Tax
Instead of receiving your benefits separately, you will receive one payment, once a month, to your bank account.
Find out more about Universal Credit
Changes have already happened introducing Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Paymentswhich are replacing sickness and disability benefits and theBenefit Cap. Additionally there is stricter conditionality for people claiming Jobseekers Allowance, and a regime ofSanctions should claimants not fulfil their duties under their Job Seekers Agreement.