As part of the 2010 Spending Review the Government put forward a package of welfare reforms to help reduce public sector spending. This led to the publication of the Welfare Reform Bill early 2011 which contains some of the most far reaching proposed changes to the welfare system since its inception in the 1940s.
On 8 March 2012, the Welfare Reform Act received Royal Assent. This allowed the government to legislate for the changes it plans to introduce. The intention of the many changes to welfare benefits (including housing benefit and council tax benefit) is to make them fairer and simpler by:
- creating the right incentives to get more people into work
- protecting the most vulnerable people
- delivering fairness to those claiming benefit and to the taxpayer.
Currently 20,500 households in Harrow receive either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.
For more information on Welfare Reform, visit the GOV.UK Simplifying the welfare system page.
To help you find out how the changes to welfare benefits might affect you specifically, please use our specially designed Welfare Reform Calculator.