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Benefit Changes

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Swansea Council wants to ensure that its citizens are aware of the changes announced by the UK government that affect a number of the existing state benefits.

In addition, we aim to tell our residents about new benefits that are going to be introduced. The Welfare Reform Act was approved in March 2012 and the changes it introduces will start to take effect from 2013. The timeline for the main changes is laid out below, for further information please click on the pictures.

January 2013

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Child Benefit Reform

April 2013

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Council Tax Reduction

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Restriction of Housing Benefit in social sector housing - also known as the Bedroom Tax

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Discretionary Assistance Fund -

(formerly The Social Fund)

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Personal Independence Payments - replacing Disability Living Allowance for people aged 16 – 64 between 8th April 2013 and 2018

April to September 2013

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The Benefit Cap


October 2013 onwards

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Universal Credit 

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