Additional funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2012/13.
This circular gives information about additional funding of £24.1m that has been secured to support the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2013/14.
The funding is intended to meet “New Burdens” incurred by local authorities as a result of the implementation of the following areas of welfare reform:
- implementation of changes to Local Housing Allowance (including the move to an annual uprating cycle and changes to the Shared Accommodation Rate)
- implementation of the Removal of the Spare Bedroom Subsidy (formerly Social Sector Size Criteria)
- introduction of the overall benefit cap (phased introduction, starting in April 2013)
- net impact of implementing Universal Credit in 2013/14