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)
PIP has replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people who are aged between 16 and 64. These people cannot make a new claim for DLA.
Children under 16 will continue to claim DLA and new claimants aged 65 or over will claim Attendance Allowance.
People aged over 16 who are already getting DLA will eventually move to PIP. This will not apply to people who were aged 65 on 8 April 2013. These will stay on DLA.
Some people in receipt of DLA in certain parts of the country have already been invited to claim PIP. These are:
- claimants on fixed period DLA awards due for a renewal
- young people turning 16
- DLA claimants reporting a change in their condition
- DLA claimants wanting to claim PIP
This now applies to Leeds and from 23 February 2015 the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) has begun selecting existing DLA claimants and writing to tell 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.