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Benefits are changing in April

26 February 2016

The Government is bringing in changes to the welfare system across the UK, many of which will affect you if you claim benefits. A number of these changes will be taking place this April, so we’ve included information below about what these will mean for you.

Please note that while the information below was correct at the time this article was published, the nature of Welfare Reform means that the government are liable to change this information quite regularly. To find the most up to date information on Welfare Reform, visit our dedicated Welfare Reform page.

Lower threshold for tax credits

The income threshold for tax credits will be reduced from £6,420 to £3,850. This means that if you are earning more than £3,850 a year you will have your Working Tax Credit reduced more steeply.

Freeze to working age benefits

Working age benefits, such as Job Seeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance will be frozen for four years from this April. This means the amount you get won’t increase in this four year period. These freezes don’t include non-means tested disability benefits. Maternity Allowance, maternity and paternity pay and sick pay are also not included.

National Minimum Wage increased

The National Minimum Wage will be 'rebranded' as the National Living Wage and will be increased to £7.20 per hour for those 25 or over from April. It is planned to reach £9.00 per hour by 2020.

How can I find out more?

There is a lot to take in when it comes to Welfare Reform, but we are here to help and support you. If you’d like to find out more, you can talk to our dedicated Home Budgeting Team. Not only can they help you make sure you’re ready for Welfare Reform, they can:

  • Help with budgeting and maximising your income
  • Help you with benefits
  • Make referrals to other organisations
  • Talk to you in person, either at our offices or at a visit to your home at a time that's convenient to you

If you’d like to talk to our Home Budgeting Team, call our Home Budgeting Specialist on 01494 476339 or Home Budgeting Assistant on 01494 476226. You can also email them at home.budgeting@redkitehousing.org.uk. If you’d like to find out more about our financial support, along with more information about Universal Credit, visit our dedicated page.

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