Policy

Simplifying the welfare system and making sure work pays

Supporting detail:

Welfare Reform Act 2012 regulations

The following regulations relating to the Welfare Reform Act 2012 are published on the legislation.gov.uk website.

Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance

Claims and payments regulations for Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance 2013 – update existing provisions and makes new provisions, for example to pay Universal Credit 1 month in arrears

Decisions and appeals regulations for Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance 2013 – update existing provisions on how decisions are made, including a new requirement for decisions to be reconsidered before claimants can appeal

Employment and Support Allowance regulations 2013 – remove income-related rules and brings contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance into line with Universal Credit on labour market requirements

Employment and Support Allowance sanctions amendment regulations 2012 – align the Employment and Support Allowance sanctions regime with Universal Credit and introduce hardship payments prior to introduction of Universal Credit

Jobseeker’s Allowance regulations 2013 – remove income-related rules and bring contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance into line with Universal Credit on labour market requirements

Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions amendment regulations 2012 – introduce a new sanctions regime for Jobseeker’s Allowance

Payments on account of benefit regulations 2013 – replace interim payments and some crisis loans with Universal Credit Advances and Short Term Benefit Advances and replace Budgeting Loans with Budgeting Advances

Universal Credit regulations 2013 – set out the main rules for Universal Credit, including entitlement, elements of the award, calculation of income and capital, and claimant responsibilities, and also allow for a benefit cap

Universal Credit transitional provisions regulations 2013 – provide for the limited introduction of Universal Credit from 29 April 2013 for certain claimants who will participate in the ‘Pathfinder’

Welfare Reform Act 2012 – Commencement Order No. 9 – provides for the Universal Credit Pathfinder to start on 29 April 2013 in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Welfare Reform Act 2012 – Commencement Order No.11 – provides for the Universal Credit Pathfinder to be extended to Wigan on 1 July and to Oldham and Warrington on 29 July.

Welfare Reform Act 2012 – Commencement Order No.13 – provides for the Universal Credit Pathfinder to be extended to Hammersmith on 28 October.

Welfare Reform Act 2012 – Commencement Order No.14 – provides for the Universal Credit Pathfinder to be extended to Rugby and Inverness on 25 November.

Welfare Reform Act 2012 – Commencement Order No.16 – provides for the Universal Credit Pathfinder to be extended to Bath and Harrogate on 24 February, and to Shotton on 7 April.

Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance

Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance amendment regulations 2013 – allow for changes to certain rules on residence, absences abroad, age limits and hospital and care homes

Personal Independence Payment regulations 2013 – set out the main rules for Personal Independence Payment, including the assessment criteria, and payment amounts

Personal Independence Payment amendment regulations 2013 – make clear that, when assessing whether an individual can carry out an activity, we must look at whether they can do so safely, to an acceptable standard, repeatedly and in a reasonable time period

Personal Independence Payment supplementary provisions and consequential amendments regulations 2013 – allow for Personal Independence Payment claimants to qualify for certain other schemes and benefits (known as ‘passporting arrangements’)

Personal Independence Payment transitional provisions regulations 2013 – set out the transitional arrangements for assessing existing Disability Living Allowance claimants for Personal Independence Payment

Housing costs

Benefit Cap (Housing Benefit) regulations 2012 – amend the Housing Benefit regulations to introduce a benefit cap

Claims and payments amendment regulations 2013 – make changes to the cost mortgage lenders pay towards the mortgage interest direct scheme

Housing Benefit amendment regulations – introduce a requirement to set a maximum rent in the social rented sector using the local housing allowance size criteria, and also make changes to the time and circumstances in which a case subject to the local housing allowance is reviewed

Rent officers (Universal Credit functions) order 2013 – allow for rent officers in England, Wales and Scotland to make decisions about housing costs relating to Universal Credit

Council Tax Benefit

Council Tax Benefit abolition (consequential provision) regulations 2013 – remove or amend references to Council Tax Benefit in various statutory instruments

Fraud and overpayments

Loss of benefit amendment regulations 2013 – change the reduction applied to some means-tested benefits and to hardship arrangements, and also sets out the ‘serious fraud’ offences which attract an immediate 3 year loss of benefit

Overpayments and recovery regulations 2013 – set out rules for calculating and recovering overpayments of Universal Credit, certain Tax Credits and contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance

Sharing information with other organisations

Information-sharing in relation to welfare services etc amendment and prescribed bodies regulations 2013 – allow DWP and other bodies responsible for certain local welfare services, such as Housing Benefit, council tax and local welfare provision, to share information

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