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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

Universal Credit

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

Other benefits

For information on other benefits, tax credits and appeals please click here


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