Welfare Reform Act 2012
On 8 March 2012 the Welfare Reform Act 2012 received Royal Assent. The Act introduced a wide range of reforms to make the benefits and tax credits system fairer and simpler by:
- creating the right incentives to get more people into work
- protecting the most vulnerable in our society
- delivering fairness to those claiming benefit and to the tax payer.
Personal Independence Payments
A key measure in the Welfare Reform Act is to replace Disability Living Allowance for eligible working age people (aged 16 to 64) with a new benefit, Personal Independence Payment, from April 2013.
To find out more about PIP for both new and existing DLA claimants please click here http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/disability/personal-independence-payment/
This is a new single payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income. Universal Credit will help claimants and their families to become more independent and will simplify the benefits system by bringing together a range of working-age benefits into a single streamlined payment.
To find out more please click here http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/universal-credit/
For information on other benefits, tax credits and appeals please click here http://www.dwp.gov.uk/