Welfare reform

Find out how the Government’s welfare reforms will impact landlords and tenants.

Major changes to the benefits system have come into force in the last few years, including the Benefit Cap, the bedroom tax and the roll out of Universal Credit. The Government is now planning to introduce new welfare reforms under the Welfare and Work Bill.

Housing associations have been working hard to support affected tenants through the changes and to adjust their own business planning. Alongside this, they make a significant contribution to reducing the welfare bill by providing employment and skills services, which help people off benefits and into sustainable work.

Read on for the latest updates on welfare reform, including information about universal credit, the Benefit Cap, supported and sheltered housing, monitoring the impact of the reforms, and influencing the implementation of the reforms. 

Also see: Responding to welfare reform: a practical guide (member only) Our advice and analysis on a range of policy, regulatory and legal questions arising from welfare reform.

Latest Welfare reform updates