The Government are making major changes to the benefits system which affect many groups of people, generally known as welfare reform. For example, some benefits are being replaced by Universal Credit, with increased work related responsibilities, some benefits are being capped and others are being cut and replaced.
See our timeline of benefit changes (pdf, 867kb)
These changes and many more can also be found in the following web pages.
Please note that someone might be in more than one group
- Changes to benefits for families, children and young people
- Changes to benefits for older people and the retired
- Changes to benefits for people of working age (including unemployment, in work and sickness benefits, bereavement benefits and the benefit cap)
- Changes to benefits for people with care or mobility needs (disabilities) and carers
- Changes to housing related benefits (including 'bedroom tax' and Council Tax)
Parts of the DWP Social Fund, which provides one-off help, were replaced by the council from April 2013. Find out about the Supporting Independence Scheme (SIS) - the replacement for Community Care Grants and the Crisis Support Scheme(CSS) - the replacement for the Crisis Loans.
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