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The Government has made a number of big changes to the benefits system in recent years. It can be difficult to understand how these affect you. Find out more here.  

Changes to Housing Benefit for social housing tenants

From April 2018, Housing Benefit for social tenants will be capped at the Local Housing Allowance rate. This change could have a big impact on your budget and your ability to pay the rent, especially if you're single and under 35.

Benefit Cap

A limit on the total amount that most people of working age can get.  If you're affected your Housing Benefit will go down. 

Council Tax Support

This local system of help replaced Council Tax Benefit in April 2013. Working age people now have to pay at least 15% of their bill. 

Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment is gradually replacing Disability Living Allowance for disabled people aged 16 to 64. It helps with some of the extra costs caused by ill health or disability, and is based on how a person’s condition affects them, not the condition they have. 

Under-occupancy

Also known as the 'spare room subsidy' or 'bedroom tax'. If you live in a council or housing association home and you have one or more ‘spare’ bedrooms, the amount of Housing Benefit that you can get may be reduced. 

Universal Credit

A new benefit for people of working age, designed to top up your income to a minimum level and to simplify the welfare benefits system. It will replace benefits for people who are out of work and tax credits for people in work.  It's being introduced gradually, and started in North West Leicestershire in September 2015.

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