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The result meant a lot of things but it also ensured the continuation of .

Campaigners had been hoping for an end to the controversial scheme, with  promising to scrap Universal Credit  altogether.

, there will still be a number of changes to the benefits system this year – some of which will be for claimants, reports BirminghamLive .

’s the timetable of what will be happening – see how it will affect you.

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1. April 2020 – End of benefit

The end to the benefit freeze would mean Universal Credit and working age benefits rising by 1.7 per cent from April 2020.

The freeze was brought in by the Tories and came into effect from April 2016. It has meant that most benefits and credits have not gone up in line with for four years.

Other benefits that have been but are now set to rise are and Support Allowance (), income support, housing benefit, tax credits, working tax credits and benefit.

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The increase means someone on £1,000 a month in benefits will get an extra £17, equivalent to £204 over a year. Those receiving £ a month get an extra £8.50.

But according to think-tank the Resolution , families will still be hundreds of pounds a year worse off due to the past five years of bills rising while benefits have remained at the same level.

The Resolution Foundation’s Corlett said: “While the benefit freeze is over, its impact is here to with a lower income couple with £580 a year worse off as a result.”

2. April 2020 – Pension changes

The also said the pension – which has not been frozen – will increase by 3.9 per cent.

This is expected to be announced in the Budget.

It means retired are in line for £5.05 a week extra on the ‘’ basic state pension and £6.60 a week on the ‘’ state pension.

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The news is that the  adult dependency payment is being stopped  in April, which could mean thousands of pensions by £70 a week.

In addition, the qualifying age for men and will rise to 66 in October 2020.

It means anyone born after October 5, 1954, will have a state pension age of at least 66.

And there will be further rises too. The have set out plans to increase the state pension age to 67 by 2028 and 68 by 2039.

3. April 2020 – benefit changes

The Scottish Government is taking on responsibility for from April 1 and will implement changes after that.

In 2020, will to claims for the new Disability Assistance for and Young People, which is ’s replacement for Child Disability Living Allowance.

By the end of 2020, Scotland will also open to claims for the new Disability Assistance for . This is the Scottish replacement for Attendance Allowance and is for people over the state pension age who need someone to after them because of a disability or -term .

Also by the end of 2020, children who receive the highest care component of Disability Assistance will be entitled to Winter Heating Assistance.

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Further changes will come in 2021, including being replaced by Disability Assistance for Working Age People and Carer’s Allowance being replaced by Carer’s Assistance.

Social Security -Anne Somerville says the system will have a redesigned application process and significantly fewer face to face assessments.

There will be rolling with no set end points and those with fluctuating health conditions will not face additional reviews due to changes in their needs.

She said: ““Since the Social Security Act was passed by the in June [2018], progress has been swift.

““Our priority is payments for disabled people, as this is where we can make the most meaningful difference for the number of people.

“We have a duty to quickly reform the parts of the current system which cause , and . And I have been moved by the personal I have heard, many of which criticise the penalising process.”

Around half a million cases – the equivalent of around 10 per cent of people – will transfer from DWP to in 2020.

Ms Somerville added: “This is not simply a case of turning off one and turning on another. For the in its , our agency will be making regular payments, direct to people’s accounts and our systems need to seamlessly with those of the DWP.

“It is therefore essential we have a system that is fully operational for those making new claims and ensure we protect everyone and their payments as their cases are transferred – that is what those who rely on social security support have told us they want. We must work to a timetable that reflects the importance of quickly but not putting people’s payments at risk.”

During the transfer no-one will have to reapply for benefits, no claims will be reassessed and payments will be protected.

She added: “The timetable I have set out is ambitious but realistic and at protects people and their payments. I have seen the mess the DWP has made when transferring people to PIP and introducing Universal Credit, and we will not make the same .    

“There is much hard work to be done but the prize is – a social security system with dignity, fairness and respect at its heart and which works for the people of Scotland.”

4. June 2020 – licence changes

Free TV Licences, funded by the Government, for those aged 75 and over will come to an end in June. So you can get a free licence up to 31, 2020.

From June 1, a new scheme means you can only carry on getting a free licence if you – or your partner – are receiving Pension Credit.

If not, you’ll have to out the cost of a TV licence – which is £154.50 per year for a colour TV, and £52 for and . You can choose to pay monthly (£12.87 a month), quarterly (£39.87 every three months) or yearly.


So it’s worth checking if you can get Pension Credit to avoid the licence fee.

Pension Credit is a top-up benefit payment available if you or your partner have reached state pension age, or if one of you is getting housing benefit for people over pension age. You get more if you’re responsible for a child or young person who lives with you and is under the age of 20.

There are two elements to Pension Credit. Guarantee Credit tops up your weekly income if it’s £167.25 (for single people) or £255.25 (for couples), while Savings Credit is an extra payment for people who saved some towards their and is up to £13.73 for single people and up to £15.35 for couples.

The helpline is available on 0800 731 0469. Call Monday to , 8am to 8pm. Calls to 0800 numbers are free.

5.  July 2020 – Universal Credit transition protection extended

From July 22, claimants are to get an additional two weeks of income-related Jobseekers Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or Income Support if they receive one of these benefits when moving across to Universal Credit.

Universal Credit is intended to replace six existing benefits in total.

People are transferred on to UC if their circumstances change – such as moving or having a child. This is called natural .

Everyone else on the six old benefits will have to move across in a managed migration scheme by the DWP that is set to be completed by December 2023 and is currently being tried out in Harrogate from July 2019 to July 2020.

Normally, existing benefits are terminated when a Universal Credit claim begins but the Government has amended the rules to allows a “two-week run-on” of the three benefits named above.

6. September 2020 – Universal Credit change for self employed

The DWP works out Universal Credit for self-employed people using what’s called a Minimum Income Floor (MIF).

This is roughly equivalent to minimum for each hour the claimant is expected to work.

It can mean Universal Credit is calculated on a higher level of earnings than you were actually paid.

However, this Minimum Income Floor is not to those who started a within the past 12 months .

And from September 2020, this 12-month exclusion period will also not apply to “those who are naturally migrated in self-employment and all those existing UC claimants who become new gainfully self-employed.”

‘Naturally migrated’ means switched across to Universal Credit because of a change in circumstances.

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