Welfare reform advice

Over the past few years there have been changes to the benefit system as a result of the UK Government’s Welfare Reform Act 2012.

There is a limit on the amount of benefit most people aged 16 to 64 can receive. This is called the ‘benefit cap’. For further information about the benefit cap Visit the Benefit Cap section.

Depending on whether you are a private tenant or a housing association tenant, Housing Benefit is paid using two different schemes. For more information visit our pages on Housing Benefit, the Local Housing Allowance and Under Occupancy.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new single means-tested support for working age people who are both in and out of work. Universal Credit will combine six existing benefits and tax credits into one single payment. Visit our Universal Credit section and Universal Support section for further details.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Since April 2013 a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Allowance has gradually been introduced to replace Disability Living Allowance for those aged 16-64.

More information about the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and how the changes are being introduced can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Providing support with Council Tax payments is the responsibility of the Welsh Government who have introduced a national scheme called the ‘Council Tax Reduction Scheme’. 

 To apply for support visit make a claim section.

Discretionary Assistance Fund

The Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) in Wales replaces parts of the Social Fund previously run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). You may know it as 'crisis loans' or 'community care grants'.

You can apply for a DAF payment if you do not have any other means of paying for what you need. They are to meet one-off costs rather than on-going expenses.

The fund offers grant payments or support for two purposes:

  • Emergency Assistance Payments to provide you with help in an emergency or when there is an immediate threat to you or someone in your family's health or wellbeing.
  • Individual assistance payments to help you or someone you care for to live independently in the community and prevent the need for institutional care.

To find out more and how to apply visit the Money Made Clear Wales website.

Contact Information

Name of Team: Housing Benefits

Telephone : 01495 353398

Address: Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale

Email: benefits@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk