Welfare reform: where now for social housing?

Popular headlines may have focused on the impact of the bedroom tax, but this month has seen approximately 10 major changes to welfare (depending on how we define the term) including the gradual replacement of the disability living allowance with personal independence payments.

Hidden well below the radar is the introduction of means testing for legal aid for low- and moderate-income households and localised support for council tax. These are part of a much bigger transformation. Entitlements frozen or reduced for most working tax credit claimants and the freezing of child tax benefits have already taken place. In October 2013, the national roll out of universal credit begins while in 2014 the Child Support Agency will be replaced by the Child Maintenance Service.

 

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