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Benefit Changes Timetable - Benefits Changes Timetable 2024

Planned changes to the benefits system. This guide is updated every two months.

Last reviewed 30 October 2023

Benefits Changes Timetable 2024

Please note that information about some of these changes may be limited at present and also subject to further change. Although some will happen quickly, others may be introduced gradually over several years.

Throughout 2024 and 2025

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intends to begin the process of moving people on legacy benefits onto Universal Credit during 2024/2025. There is an exception for people who get income-related Employment and Support Allowance and do not get tax credits. They will not be moved onto Universal Credit until 2028.

February 2024

Carer's Allowance claimants in Scotland will be transferred to Carer Support Payment from February 2024. Carer Support Payment is replacing Carer's Allowance in Scotland.

March 2024

The government has extended the £2,500 surplus earnings threshold within Universal Credit until March 2024. 

April 2024

Working parents of two year olds will be able to access 15 hours of free childcare from April 2024. You can find current available help with Childcare costs on our website. 

September 2024

15 hours of free childcare will be extended to all children from the age of nine months from September 2024. You can find current available help with Childcare costs on our website. 

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