Welfare Reform Act 2012: key issues

Read briefings on the key issues contained in the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

7 March 2012

The Welfare Reform Act received Royal Assent on 8th March 2012. The Act introduces a new Universal Credit which will replace most existing benefits and limits the total amount of benefit a person can claim. It also introduces a new size criteria or ‘bedroom tax’ in the social rented sector. The welfare reforms impact on the way tenants receive benefit, in many cases, removing the option of having benefits paid direct to landlords.

Click on the links below to read briefings on the changes the Act will bring about:

Next steps

The Federation will be collecting and sharing information on practical steps landlords are taking to prepare for the changes.