The Welfare Reform Act 2012 introduced many changes to the benefits system. Some of these changes are already in place, while others are still happening.
The changes include:
- the introduction of two new benefits: Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit
- changes to older benefits, including some being merged into the new benefits
- limits on how much money you can get from benefits.
We explain all these changes throughout this section. If you are unsure about how any of the changes might affect you, speak to a welfare rights adviser.