Changes to welfare benefits

The welfare benefits system is undergoing a huge shake-up with many benefits being changed or abolished completely.

If you are of working age and in receipt of benefits, or claim benefits from time to time, these changes may affect you.

If you were aged 61 before October 2012 then your benefits should not change. However it is possible that pension aged claimants who have younger working age partners could be affected when Universal Credit is phased in.

For many benefits, working age is defined as below the qualifying age for pension credit. You can check when you will reach state pension credit qualifying age using the GOV.UK online checker or ask someone to check it for you.

The major changes include:

If you require advice or further information on any of the above then please contact our welfare rights service.