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06 April 2017

Benefit Changes from 6 April 2017

Significant changes have been made to some benefits and the changes come into force today (6 April). These changes will affect hundreds of thousands of families across the UK so make sure you’re informed if it affects you.

Bedroom tax

Some new exemptions have been agreed and extra bedrooms are allowed for:

  • Children who require an overnight carer who needs a bedroom to stay
  • Couples who cannot share a bedroom

If you think that either of the above exemptions apply to you, please contact your Housing Benefit department.

The Two Child Limit for Child Tax Credit

From April 2017, the child element of tax credits is limited to two children for children born after 6th April 2017. Go to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for more information.

No Housing Benefit for single 18 to 21 year old’s

If you are single, aged 18 to 21, live in a Universal Credit Digital area and claim Universal Credit, you will not get any help towards paying your rent, Housing Cost Element. There are exceptions which include people with disabilities, a care learner, those subject to domestic violence or cannot live with their parents. Go to the DWP for more information.

Cuts to Bereavement Support Payments

From April 2017, for people in receipt of benefits if a spouse or civil partner dies, there will be a lump sum payment of £2,500 and £3,500 if there are children. Then there are monthly tax free payments of £100 per month or £350 per month if you have children, for 18 months. Under the old system this was paid for a lot longer depending on circumstances. Go to DWP for more information.

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