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Future changes which may affect you

This is a rolling timetable of expected changes to the benefits, tax credits and social care system

From September 2017

  • Northern Ireland will launch a phased start up of Universal Credit new claimants from 25th September 2017.. 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 maintenance loans from 2018-19 to support the cost of living while studying. See Spending Review 2015 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

From May 2018

From April 2019

  • There will be a cap on the amount of rent that Housing Benefit will cover in the social sector to the relevant Local Housing Allowance, which is the rate paid to private renters on Housing Benefit. This includes a Shared Accommodation Rate for single claimants under 35 who do not have dependent children.

The cap will be applied to all supported housing tenancies from April 2019, though Local Authorities will receive funding to meet the additional costs of supported housing in their area.

For general needs housing, the cap will apply from April 2019 for all tenants on Universal Credit, and to Housing Benefit tenants whose tenancies began or were renewed since April 2016.

See autumn statement 2016, DWP Secretary of State Damian Green's written statement and earlier Spending Review 2015 page

From October 2020

From November 2021

From April 2026

From April 2028