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Changes To Benefits - A Timeline (Archive)

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2013

29th April 2013

Many working-age single people (without children living with them) who would otherwise have had to make a new claim for Jobseekers Allowance & Housing Benefit now have to claim Universal Credit instead. This applies to these people who live in postcode areas M43, SK16, OL6 and OL7.

10th June 2013

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit for people with a long-term illness or disability. If you are aged 16-64 and have a long-term illness or disability, you now have to claim Personal Independence Payment instead of DLA. This was already the case for people living in M43 & M34 postcodes from April 2013. Under 16s can still claim DLA.

September 2013

The Benefit Cap for working-age households is now active nationwide, having first been introduced in parts of London in April 2013. Families with children, or couples without children, can now usually only receive up to £500/week in benefits and tax credits. Single people without children can now usually only receive up to £350/week. Not all benefits count towards these weekly limits, and some working-age households are exempt from the Benefit Cap altogether.

28th October 2013

Changes to the way Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits decisions are appealed. For decisions made after this date, you now need to ask the DWP to look at their decision again (a ‘mandatory reconsideration’) before you can appeal to an independent tribunal. You have 1 month from the date of the decision letter to ask for a ‘mandatory reconsideration’. For more information on challenging different types of benefit decisions, please click here.

2014

1st January 2014

Migrants from the European Economic Area (EEA) who come to the UK to look for work, and UK nationals returning from living abroad for more than 52 weeks, will need to provide evidence that they have lived here for 3 months before getting Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)

1st January 2014

EEA migrants who come to the UK looking for work will now only be able to get Income-Based JSA for more than 6 months if they can show they have a genuine chance of finding work. Even if they can show this, only a short extension of their Income-Based JSA will be given.

1st April 2014

EEA migrants looking for work while claiming Income-based Jobseekers Allowance are now no longer automatically entitled to Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction. This may not affect you if you have only recently stopped working due to illness, accident or redundancy, providing you will be returning to work in the future.

1st April 2014

If you are claiming Child Tax Credit for a child aged 16-19 in full-time education, you must now tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) every year by 31st August that they are remaining in education, or your Child Tax Credit payments will stop.

6th April 2014

If you want to appeal a Tax Credit, Child Benefit or Guardians Allowance decision, you now must request a ‘mandatory reconsideration’ first, within 30 days of the decision.

28th April 2014

If you are a lone parent claiming Income Support and your youngest child is aged 1-4, you are now expected to do more to prepare for returning to work, which will include attending lone parent interviews. If you do not do this without good reason, your Income Support could be reduced (i.e. ‘sanctioned’). However, you will not be made to apply for jobs or take up the offer of a job.

28th April 2014

The ‘Help To Work’ scheme is introduced for people who have been claiming Jobseekers Allowance for more than 3 years, or who are leaving the Work Programme. Under the scheme, you may be told to do ‘community work placements’ of up to 30 hours/week, or to go to daily appointments at the Jobcentre. If you do not do this without good reason your Jobseekers Allowance may be stopped (i.e. ‘sanctioned’).

23rd June 2014

Many working-age single people (without children living with them) who would otherwise have had to make a new claim for Jobseekers Allowance & Housing Benefit now have to claim Universal Credit instead. This applies to these people who live in postcode areas M34, OL5, SK15, SK14 1, SK14 2, SK14 4, SK14 6, and SK14 9.

1st July 2014

EEA migrants who come to the UK looking for work now need to have evidence showing they have lived here for 3 months before they can get Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit. Once they provide this evidence, they will now only be able to get Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit for more than 6 months if they can show they have a genuine chance of finding work. These changes will not apply to EEA migrants who are employed or self-employed.

27th July 2014

If you are pregnant and give unpaid help to your self-employed spouse or civil partner to run their own business, and the week your baby is due starts on or after this date, you may be able to get Maternity Allowance for 14 weeks. This only applies if you are not employed or self-employed yourself, and you cannot get Statutory Maternity Pay.

28th July 2014

Universal Credit rolls out to include many working-age couples (without children living with them) who before would have had to make a new claim for Jobseekers Allowance and/or Housing Benefit. This applies to people who live in postcode areas M43, SK16, OL6, OL7, M34, OL5, SK15, SK14 1, SK14 2, SK14 4, SK14 6, and SK14 9.

27th October 2014

People making a new claim for Employment And Support Allowance or Jobseekers Allowance will no longer get paid for the first 7 days after claiming (previously 3 days).

10th November 2014

EEA migrants who come to the UK to look for work will now only be able to get Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance for up to 91 days, unless they can prove they have a genuine chance of finding work.

17th November 2014

If you are currently claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and you live in an M43 or M34 postcode, you will be told you have to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead if you report a change in how your disability or health condition affects you, if your fixed-term award of DLA is coming to an end, if you are turning 16, or if you choose to claim PIP. For more information, please see our PIP factsheet.

2015

26th January 2015

Universal Credit rolls out to include working-age Tameside residents with children, who before would have had to make a new claim for Jobseekers Allowance and/or Housing Benefit. Some exceptions apply.

1st March 2015

Employment and Support Allowance work capability assessments will now be delivered by Maximus instead of Atos.

April 2015

The Government may cut funding for local schemes like Tameside Support For Independent Living for people in emergency or crisis situations. As a result, it could become harder to get support through these schemes in the future.

1st April 2015

From this date, the Tameside Support for Independent Living scheme will end. Click here to see what other options you may have if you find yourself in financial difficulties.

1st April 2015

Before this date, you could re-claim Employment and Support Allowance 6 months after failing the work capability assessment. From this date, you will only be able to do this if you can show you have a new health condition or that one of your existing health conditions has worsened.

5th April 2015

If a child is born or adopted on or after this date, then the mother or primary adopter can end their Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay or Statutory Adoption Pay early. The money they lose by doing this can then be taken by their spouse, civil partner, partner or the child’s father as Shared Parental Pay.

6th April 2015

From this date, Universal Credit can now be paid into credit union accounts.

6th April 2015

You can now earn up to £110 a week while still claiming Carers Allowance (previously, you could only earn £102 a week).

6th April 2015

You can now earn up £338 a month as a single person, or £541 a month as a couple, and still claim Universal Credit (previously, the limits were £330 and £525 a month).

May 2015

European Economic Area nationals who have been getting Income Based Jobseekers Allowance since before 1st January 2014 will now need to show they have a genuine chance of finding work, or their Jobseekers Allowance may stop.

30th June 2015

The Independent Living Fund for disabled people closes

13th July 2015

People aged 16-64 who are currently claiming Disability Living Allowance will start to be told to claim Personal Independence Payment instead. This process could take until late 2017.

31st July 2015

Deadline for Tax Credit renewals

30th August 2015

If you are getting Child Tax Credit or Child Benefit for a child aged 16 or over, you need to confirm by this date whether they will be continuing in education, or these benefits may stop.

October 2015

New claims for Pension Credit will include extra amounts to cover the cost of being responsible for a dependent child, as Child Tax Credit will eventually be phased out. The Government also plans for new claims to Pension Credit (from 2017-18 at the earliest) to include extra amounts to cover the cost of rent, as Housing Benefit will also eventually be phased out.

October 2015

A new scheme is introduced that will allow some people to pay voluntary National Insurance contributions to boost their state pension. Click here to see if you may benefit.

Autumn 2015

Employer-Supported Childcare schemes will close for new applicants. A new Tax Free Childcare scheme, for employed and self-employed parents earning between £50/week (on average) and £150,000/ year, will be set up. Under this scheme, the Government will pay 20% of your childcare costs. The Government will pay up to £2,000 per child per year, up to a total of £10,000 per year.

Autumn 2015

The Government intends to stop Winter Fuel Payments for UK expats living in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Gibraltar and Malta.

2016

April 2016

A new Bereavement Support Payment will replace existing bereavement benefits.

6th April 2016

The Government will introduce a simpler single-tier State Pension for people reaching State Pension age on or after this date. To get the new State Pension, you will need least 35 ‘qualifying years’ of National Insurance contributions or National Insurance credits, otherwise the amount you get will be reduced. If you have less than 10 ‘qualifying years’, you will not be entitled to the new State Pension. You cannot normally get the right to the new State Pension through your spouse or partner’s National Insurance contributions.

For an estimate of when you will reach State Pension age and how many ‘qualifying years’ you have, please click here.

April 2016

Extra government funding becomes available to cover 85% of eligible childcare costs for households getting the Universal Credit Childcare Element (where a lone parent or both partners in a couple are paying income tax).

April 2016

The State Pension age for women will start to increase more quickly to 65 by November 2018.

April 2016

People will no longer have to pay more than £72,000 across their lifetimes for any social care they get. This will mostly benefit older people in residential care homes.

April 2016

All people claiming Pension Credit will now need to report changes affecting how much they get as they happen (except over-75s with an ‘indefinite assessed income period’).

31st July 2016

Deadline for Tax Credit renewals

30th August 2016

If you are getting Child Tax Credit or Child Benefit for a child aged 16 or over, you need to confirm by this date whether they will be continuing in education, or these benefits may stop.

2016

At some point all new claims for the benefits Universal Credit is replacing will stop (i.e. Income Support, Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Tax Credit). People who would have claimed one of these benefits must now claim Universal Credit instead. Existing claims for these benefits will begin to be transferred to Universal Credit.

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