Benefit changes and other welfare reform changes

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

Budget 2018

There were several changes universal credit announced in the budget:

  • The restrictions to under 23-year-olds will end in December 2018
  • From January 2019, claimants receiving a severe disability premium will not be able to move to universal credit until the managed migration
  • Residents of pension age will not be able to get their housing costs from pension credit (instead of from housing benefit) until at least 2023
  • Other legacy benefits will follow housing benefit by paying an additional two weeks when a claimant moves to universal credit. This will start in 2020
  • Work allowances will be increased to £1,000 from April 2019
  • The maximum total deductions allowed from universal credit will reduce from 40 per cent to 30 per cent
  • Newly self-employed universal credit claimants will get a 12-month grace period before the minimum income floor is applied from July 2019

National living wage

The rates from April 2019 are:

  • £8.21 for people aged 25 and over
  • £7.70 for people aged 21 to 24
  • £6.15 for people aged 18 to 20
  • £4.35 for people aged 16 to 17
  • £3.90 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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