Benefit changes from April 2016

The Government have introduced some changes to the levels of welfare benefits.  Please check to see if this affects you.

If you think you could be affected by this change and need help budgeting your income, please contact your local citizens’ advice bureau.

The information below shows the main changes:

  • Benefit and tax credit rates frozen for four years (but this does not apply to pensioner, carer and disability benefits)
  • Tax Credits income disregard is cut from £5,000 to £2,500
  • Universal Credit Work Allowances removed for non-disabled claimants without children and reduced for claimants who have childcare responsibilities and/or a disability
  • Housing Benefit family premium abolished for new claims and new births from 1st May 2016
  • Housing Benefit backdating period reduced from six months to one month
  • Reduction in the length of time to claim Housing Benefit during absence abroad
  • Mortgage Interest Help waiting period extended
  • New National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour for over 25 introduced
  • New State Pension introduced for people reaching pension age from 6 April. Entitlement to new pension will not allow claims for Savings Credit of Pension Credit
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