Welfare Reform Changes in Wales

What are the changes in the Welfare system for Wales?

The UK Government’s Welfare Reform Act 2012 abolishes Council Tax Benefit (CTB) and Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans.

Changes to welfare benefits

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 introduces two new welfare benefit payments:

  • Universal Credit (which will eventually replace a number of in-work and out of work income-based benefits)
  • Personal Independence Payment which will replace Disability Living Allowance.

People who receive benefit payment or tax credits can also be eligible for a range of other support, which are called passported benefits. Some of these passported benefits are provided by the Welsh Government and the introduction of these new welfare benefits by the UK Government will have significant implications for Welsh Government passported benefits and services, because they currently use or base their eligibility criteria on the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) existing welfare benefits being replaced.

Further details can be found from the written statements under “Related links”.

How can I find out more?

Full information on the welfare reform, including the Welfare Reform Act 2012 , can be found on the DWP website (External link) or visit the benefits pages of Gov.uk (External link).For general enquiries, please contact the Welsh Government Welfare Reform team at: [email protected].