Carers and the Welfare Reform Act: how carers will be affected by planned changes to benefits

Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Carers UK (Organization)
Publisher
Carers UK
Date of publication
1 February 2013
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Legislation, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This briefing summarises how carers will be affected by changes to benefits as provided for in the Welfare Reform Act. There are four key areas for carers which are outlined in this briefing. First, the briefing explains the new Universal Credit the Government is introducing for people of working-age, which benefits are being replaced, when the changes will come in and what these changes will mean to carers and their families. Second, Carers' Benefits are outlined. Third, the replacement of Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment is outlined and what this will mean for carers and families in need of or providing care. Finally, the briefing outlines other changes including the localisation of Council Tax Benefit.

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