Benefit changes and other welfare reform changes

Find out more about universal credit, housing benefit and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) changes.

National living wage

The rates from April 2021 are:

  • £8.91 for workers aged 25 and over
  • £8.36 for 21 to 24 year olds
  • £6.56 for 18 to 20 year olds
  • £4.62 for 16 to 17 year olds
  • £4.30 for apprentices

Welfare assistance scheme

This is a local scheme, run by Hampshire County Council that replaced the social fund. It aims to provide better information, advice and support to people and families struggling to cope with economic and social challenges, as well as people facing short-term crises. You can find out more about how the scheme could help you on Hampshire County Council's local welfare assistance web page.

 
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