The Government is making some significant changes to the benefits system. It is important that you know about these changes, so that you can see whether you will be affected.
Use the questions below to get more information about some of the major changes. Find out if they will impact you or your family.
How many bedrooms have you got?
From April 2013, your Housing Benefit can be reduced if you have more bedrooms than you are deemed to need.
How much benefit do you receive in total?
Are you a single person or couple of working age? The Government has put a limit on the total amount of benefit you are entitled to.
Are you disabled?
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This change does not apply to those over 65, and only affects children when they turn 16.
What benefits do you receive?
The current system of means-tested benefits and tax credits for working-age people are being replaced. The new single benefit is called Universal Credit. The aim of this is to simplify the benefits system. It will ensure that claimants will always be better off in work.
Does your landlord currently get your Housing Benefit?
'Universal Credit' will be paid as a single payment to claimants on a monthly basis. This means that for the majority of claimants, housing benefit will no longer be paid directly to their landlord.