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UK welfare reform in Wales

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Our Tackling Poverty Action Plan sets out what we are doing to build resilient communities and to help prevent and reduce poverty in Wales.
In April 2013, Council Tax Reduction Schemes (CTRS) replaced council tax benefit in Wales and eligible applicants were automatically transferred onto the new scheme.
The purpose of the fund is to offer payments or in kind support to provide urgent assistance to people where there is an identified need to safeguard health and well being.

The UK Government is making changes to the current social security system which will change the way welfare benefits are claimed and paid.

Universal Credit

A single monthly payment which replaces the six following existing benefits:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit 
  • Housing Benefit

Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

PIP replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Whilst Social Security Benefits are not devolved to the Welsh Government, we are carrying out a detailed analysis of the impact these reforms are having in Wales. We are working with key partners, Local Authorities and organisations within the Third Sector to support people through these changes.

For more information please contact us at welfarereformenquiries@wales.gsi.gov.uk.