Disability Rights – How we can help with benefits information and the timetable forthcoming welfare benefits changes

Future changes which may affect you
This is a rolling timetable of expected changes to the benefits, tax credits and social care system.

For more detailed summary visit the above information from the website hyperlink provided.

from january 2018
from february 2018
from april 2018
from may 2018
from summer 2018
from april 2019
from autumn 2019
from april 2020
from october 2020
from november 2021
from april 2026
from april 2028
from april 2037
from 2039
From January 2018
New universal credit claimants may be offered an advance of up to 100%, which will be recoverable over 12 months.

See our universal credit factsheet.

From February 2018
Removal of the seven-day waiting period so that entitlement to Universal Credit starts on the first day of application. See our universal credit factsheet.

From April 2018


Support for Mortgage Interest.

(SMI) to be paid as a loan, to be repaid upon sale of your house, or when you return to work. Applies to all SMI claimants. See Loans for Mortgage Interest Regulations 2017 – SI 2017/725
New part-time undergraduate maintenance loans from 2018-19 to support the cost of living while studying. See Spending Review 2015 page and Part-time undergraduate maintenance loan consultation page.

Class 2 National Insurance.

Contributions (NICs) will be abolished. The Government will reform Class 4 NICs as a route to self-employed individuals building entitlement to the State Pension and other contributory benefits. See Budget 2016 summary page and HMRC policy paper.

Young carers in Scotland will have a right to a statement from their local authority, setting out their circumstances and support needs, from 1 April 2018.

See Scottish Government press release.
From May 2018

Expected date for completion of personal independence payment assessments for working age claimants moving from DLA. See Factsheet F60 – personal independence payment – a guide to making a claim.

From summer 2018
In Scotland, Carer’s Allowance rates to be brought into line with Jobseeker’s Allowance, backdated to April 2018.

See Scottish Government press release

From April 2019
A Young Scot National Entitlement Card giving non-cash benefits to young carers aged 11-18 in Scotland will be rolled out from April 2019.

See Scottish Government press release.

From autumn 2019
Young Carer Grant, worth £300 a year, to be awarded to young carers in Scotland who are aged 16 to 18, do at least 16 hours of caring a week and who are still at school.

See Scottish Government press release.

From April 2020
Free bus travel for those on Young Carer Grant (see autumn 2019 changes) starting 2020-2021.

See Scottish Government press release

From October 2020
State pension age for both men and women increases to 66.

For more information see the Pensions Act 2011 or go to www.gov.uk/retirement-age.

You can go to

www.gov.uk/calculate-state-pension

to calculate someone’s retirement date.

From November 2021
Post Office card account (POCA) to be reviewed.

See DWP press release.

From April 2026
The Government will start to raise the State Pension age to 67 in stages from this date.

See the autumn statement 2011.

You can go to

www.gov.uk/calculate-state-pension

to calculate someone’s retirement date.

From April 2028
State pension age will be 67. See the autumn statement 2011. You can go to www.gov.uk/calculate-state-pension to calculate someone’s retirement date.

From April 2037
The Government will start to raise the State Pension age to 68 in stages from this date. See Proposed new timetable for State Pension age increases.
From 2039
State pension age will be 68. See Proposed new timetable for State Pension age increases.

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