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This section provides all of the latest information about the Government's Welfare Reform Plans and how these may affect you.

These are the main changes:

 

Benefit changes from April 2017

Child Tax Credit limited to 2 children and family element abolished for new claims or new births
Universal Credit limited to 2 children and 'first child premium' abolished for new claims or new births
Housing Benefit not available for unemployed 18-21 year olds (exceptions apply)
Parents claiming Universal Credit to look for work when youngest child turns 3
Universal Credit youth obligation for 18-21 year olds
Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity component abolished
Universal Credit Limited Capability for Work component abolished
Free childcare increased from 15 to 30 hours per week for 3 and 4 year olds
Social tenants earning over £30,000 (£40,000 in London) to pay market rate rents
Free TV licence for over 75s to be funded by BBC