Guidance

HB Circular S4/2013: Additional funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2012/13

Additional funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2012/13.

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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