This page provides information about:
- how the Welfare Benefits system is changing.
- new benefits that are being introduced.
- what benefits have changed
PIP (Personal Independence Payment)
All new claims for Disability Living Allowance (DLA), from people aged between 16 and 64 will now be treated as a claim for PIP.
Claims from children under 16 and people over 64 will continue as DLA.
People aged between 16 and 64 who are already getting DLA will eventually move to PIP.
Some people have already been invited to claim PIP such as:
- claimants on fixed period DLA awards for renewal
- young people turning 16.
- DLA claimants reporting a change in their condition
From October 2015 the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) will begin selecting existing DLA claimants, and inform them about what they should do to claim PIP.
Universal Credit will eventually replace the following means tested benefits for everyone:
- Income Support,
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance,
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance,
- Housing Benefit and Tax Credits.
Universal Credit brings all these benefits & tax credits together in a single monthly payment. In preparation for Universal Credit you will need to have a bank account and set up arrangements to pay your bills such as rent. For further information please visit the Department for Work and Pensions website from the external links section on this page.
Local Welfare Support Scheme
To help those in serious need, Leeds City Council has a Local Welfare Support Scheme. The scheme is based on providing support to people through direct awards of goods and services. For more information about the scheme see the Local Welfare Support Scheme leaflet in the Documents section.
If you are struggling to pay your rent, council tax & other bills as a result of these changes Stepchange, a charity for debt management, will be able to help you (see the external links section on this page).
There are other welfare benefit changes described below and in the Welfare Reform booklet in the Documents section.