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April 2013: A month of attacks on our welfare rights

Issue No. 2347

1 April

  • Bedroom tax will take over £9 million every week from the housing benefit of 660,000 households in social housing
  • Council tax benefit cuts will make 2.4 million households an average of £138 a year worse off
  • Access to legal aid will be cut off for all households earning more than £32,000 a year and means-tested for those on more than £14,000 a year

6 April 

  • Jobseeker’s allowance, working tax credits and other working age benefits capped below inflation, taking £960 million from almost 10 million people
  • End of the 50p tax rate, giving free cash to everyone on more than £150,000 a year. The 13,000 people on more than £1 million will get over £42,000
  • Local housing allowance moved to a lower rate of inflation, leaving claimants £90 million worse off a year.
  • Pensioners’ savings take a hit of up to £268 a year

8 April 

  • Disability living allowance to be replaced by personal independence payments. Some 500,000 are expected to lose it altogether, and others moved to lower rates.

15 April 

  • Benefit cap of £26,000 a year introduced in four London boroughs, with national coverage expected by September. Some 56,000 households will lose £4,836 a year.

29 April

  • Universal Credit to be introduced in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire, followed by three other jobcentres in July and nationally in October. This will combine a number of working age benefits into one payment, paid out to one person in each household and subject to heavy sanctions
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