The Welfare Reform Bill has been made law. The bill represents the biggest change to the welfare system for 60 years and includes the introduction of Universal Credit, a new unified benefit which will replace some of the current means tested benefits in 2013.
The Bill outlines provision for:
- The introduction of Universal Credit
and the Personal Independence Payment
- Other arrangements around social security and Tax Credits,
including r a benefit cap to be applied to the total amount of welfare
benefits to which someone is entitled.
The Bill came into law on 8 March 2012.
You can find out more information about the bill and its impact from the articles below:
Department for Work and Pensions press release 8 March 2012 (link
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Text of the Welfare Reform Bill (link opens in a new
- Department for Work
and Pensions information on the Welfare Reform Bill (link opens in
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- Turn2us guide to changes to benefits
and the benefits system
- Turn2us Ask an Expert: Benefit