Welfare Reform Act 2012 introduces universal credit

Implementation date: 1 October 2013

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 replaces a number of benefits and tax credits that people receive when they are in and out of work with universal credit. It also introduces personal independence payments to replace disability living allowance. The Act is coming into force in stages, with universal credit introduced in October 2013. The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (PDF format, 592K) can be viewed on the UK legislation website.