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A number of organisations in Hackney assist people with their welfare benefits problems. 


These include things like:


You can find the names and contact details of Hackney based organisations that help people with their welfare benefits problems by clicking on ‘welfare benefits’ in this website’s Advice Finder.




Benefit Cap

In the 2015 summer budget, the Government put forward proposed plans to reduce the Benefit Cap for families to £23,000 in London (£15,410 single claimants) and £20,000 elsewhere (£13,400 single claimants). To give households some time to prepare for the new cap it is now planned to come in from Autumn 2016.


Exemptions from the benefit cap for more groups

The government also announced in the March Budget 2016 that it will introduce exemptions for people getting Guardians Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and the carers’ element of Universal Credit from the benefit cap from autumn 2016.




During 2017


Tax Free Childcare

Tax Free Childcare is to be introduced as a replacement for employer supported childcare (childcare vouchers). The government will contribute up to 20% of the first £10000 of registered childcare costs per child, per year. This equates to a maximum of £2000 per child, per year. The scheme will be available to people who have an annual income under £150,000 and are not receiving help with childcare via tax credits. It is expected to reach more people than the current scheme.


April 2017


Bereavement Support Payment

The current bereavement benefit system system will be replaced with a single system of Bereavement Support Payments (BSP). This will be introduced for new claims from April 2017.


Tax Credits Support for children reduced

Government proposed in the summer budget 2015 that support for children through Tax Credits and Universal Credit will be limited to two children from April 2017. Equivalent changes will be made to the Housing Benefit rules.


Tax Credit Family Element removed

Tax Credit Family element proposed change: People starting a family after April 2017 will no longer be eligible for the Family Element in tax credits. The equivalent in Universal Credit, known as the first child premium, will also not be available for new claims after April 2017.


Universal Credit requirements for parents to look for work

Parents with a youngest child aged 3, including lone parents are expected to look for work if they want to claim Universal Credit.


Reduction in payment for ESA Work-Related Activity Group Claimants

From 1 April 2017, new ESA claimants who are placed in the Work-Related Activity Group will receive the same rate of payment as those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and the equivalent in Universal Credit. 


Universal Credit Youth Obligation

18-21 year olds who are on Universal Credit will have to either apply for training/ apprenticeships or attend a work placements from six month after the start of their claim. Apart from certain exempt groups (those considered to be vulnerable) the proposed introduction willl take place from April 2017.


Universal Credit Housing Support removed for young people

Reform to housing and housing support proposed- including removing the entitlement to housing support in Universal Credit for those aged 21 or under from April 2017.


Capping Housing Benefit in the social rented sector

New or renewed tenancies for supported accommodation in the social sector will be subject to a cap on Housing Benefit in line with Local Housing Allowance rates. This measure has been delayed and will now take place from April 2017 to enable the Government to complete a review of supported accommodation.


Autumn /End of 2017


Free Childcare Extended

Free childcare entitlement will be doubled from 15 hours to 30 hours a week for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017.


Higher Income Social Tenants to Pay Higher Rents

The  Summer Budget 2015 put forward plans to require social tenants on higher incomes (over £40,000 in London and over £30,000 outside London) to pay higher (market rate or near market rate) rents. The government will consult and set out the detail of this reform in due course. 


Universal Credit Roll out

The Government expected that the roll out of Universal Credit would be complete by the end of 2017. The Government has since admitted that at least 700,000 claimants will not be on Universal Credit by the end of 2017. 


April 2018


Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) payments

The Government announced in the summer budget 2015 that from April 2018, new SMI payments will be paid as a loan. Loans will be repaid upon sale of a claimant's house, or when claimants return to work.

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