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Encyclopedia of Social Welfare Rights

New section - Welfare reform

Welfare reform updates

New rates of benefits and tax credits apply from April 17. Please read the notes below in conjunction with the document Benefits, pensions and tax credit rates 2017-2018 

A. Benefits and Tax Credits

1. Income Support (updated August 2016)  (or download as PDF)

2. Jobseeker's Allowance (updated August 2016)  (or download as PDF)

3. Disability Living Allowance (updated November 2017)

4. Incapacity Benefit* (updated March 2014) (or download as PDF)

*Note: this section is for information purposes only. Migration from Incapacity Benefit to ESA is now complete

5. Social Fund (updated May 2016(or download as PDF)

6. Housing Benefit  (updated November 2017)

7. Tax Credits

8. Pension Credit (updated November 2017)

9. Decision Making and Appeals (updated June 2015(or download as PDF)

10. Employment and Support Allowance (updated November 2017)

11. Personal Independence Payment (updated August 2016) (or download as PDF)


B. Community Care

1. Introduction to Community Care (updated October 2016) (or download as PDF)

2. Financing Residential Care (updated October 2016) (or download as PDF)

3. Benefits in Hospital and Respite Care (updated October 2016) (or download as PDF)


C. Employment

1. Rights of Employees (updated May 2016) (or download PDF)

2. Statutory Sick Pay (updated June 2016) (or download PDF) 


D. Immigration

Due to restrictions in funding, these notes have not been updated.

1. Marriage, Civil Partnership and Relationships: UK Rules

2. Marriage, Civil Partnership and Relationships: EEA Regulations



Appendix 1: Law Centre (NI)

Appendix 2: Social Security Offices

Appendix 3: Volunteering and Benefits

Appendix 4: Tax Credit Offices


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