What Is Welfare Reform?

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Since 2010 the UK Government has been implementing a wide range of amendments to the welfare benefits system.

Their aim is to get Britain working, fight poverty, support the most vulnerable and help people break the cycle of benefit dependency.

The reforms are the biggest change to the welfare system in over 60 years and present many challenges including:

What You Need To Know

Detailed information on all aspects of the reforms can be found through the red links on the left* of this page. Some of the pages also include Frequently Asked Questions.

*Please note the links could appear at the bottom of the page on some mobile devices.

All the agencies listed are there to help you, but if you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us on: 0300 304 5000 where we will be happy to assist you.

  • Universal Credit replacing 6 benefits for working age people and being paid monthly in arrears
  • Women’s State Pension age to reach 65 by Nov 2018, will then increase for both men and women to reach 66 by 2020
  • The Benefit Cap introduced in 2016 which limited the amount of benefit people can receive.
    Currently the amounts stand at:
£20,000 per annum outside London (£13,400 for single adults.) £23,000 in central London (£15,410 for single adults.)
  • 4 year freeze on increasing most benefits began in 2016
  • An increase in the amount a carer can earn before Carer's Allowance is affected and they are treated as gainfully employed –

Currently £120 per week.