There have been substantial changes in welfare benefits rates introduced this week, and we have published our new benefits rates sheets to coincide with this.
Download the benefits rates chart (385k, PDF).
For the first time we have the allowances for Universal Credit on the sheet, so Sir Ian Duncan Smith can work out what he would be living on if claiming. Universal Credit is not scheduled for introduction in Sheffield until perhaps October.
However, other changes will affect many claimants in Sheffield:
- Council Tax Support replaces Council Tax benefit. All claimants of working age will have to pay at least 23% of their council tax, whether or not they are receiving the maximum benefit now;
- Local Assistance from the Council - instead of Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans from the Department of Work and Pensions.
- Personal Independence Payments will eventually replace Disability Living Allowance for working age claimants.
- the rebate on Council Tax where you have a second adult (other than your partner) on certain benefits or a low income, will disappear for those below pension age(the single person discount remains).
- the 'bedroom tax' comes in for tenants of Sheffield Homes and housing associations - meaning you will get a 14% or 25% reduction in the rent eligble for housing benefit if the occupancy of bedrooms is below those set by Government.