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Autumn Budget 2017

Read our summary of the key welfare measures and other proposed changes announced in the Autumn Budget 2017 on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Full Gov.UK Autumn Budget 2017 document

The Government announced a number of measures as part of the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

We highlight the key welfare measures and other proposed changes below.

Please note: The measures announced could be subject to further changes.

Universal Credit

  • From February 2018, the seven day initial waiting day period at the beginning of a Universal Credit claim will be removed. This reduces the amount of time a claimant may wait to receive a first payment

  • New guidance has been issued to staff to ensure that claimants who live in privately rented properties who have their Housing Benefit paid directly to landlords have this option at the beginning of a claim for Universal Credit

  • From January 2018, the amount a claimant could receive from an advance payment will increase from up to 50% of their estimated entitlement to up to 100%. In practice, this means that in December a new claimant could receive an advance of up to 50% of their estimated entitlement and in January they could receive a second advance to take it to up to 100%. Claimants will also be able to receive an advance payment within five days of applying

  • From next spring, it will be possible to apply for an advance payment online

  • From January 2018, the period in which the advance is recovered will be increased from six months to 12 months

  • From April 2018, new Universal Credit claimants in receipt of Housing Benefit will be able to continue to receive it for a further two weeks. This will be an unrecoverable payment

  • Claimants with a family of three or more children will not be able to make a new claim for Universal Credit until January 2019.


  • The tax-free Personal Allowance on income tax will increase to £11,850

  • The higher rate tax threshold will increase to £46,350 from April 2018.


  • The National Living Wage will rise by 4.4% in April 2018 to £7.83 per hour.


  • Stamp duty to be abolished for first time buyers purchasing properties up to £300,000

  • 100% council tax premium to be applied to empty properties.  

For further information on the budget, see the full Gov.UK Autumn Budget 2017 document.