Five major DWP changes coming into force before Christmas – how will you be affected? | Personal Finance | Finance

Some eight million people rely on benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) either because they are out of work or to top up a low income. Five key changes are coming into force before Christmas which could mean payments are affected.

Universal Credit and tax credits claimants are also due a second cost of living support payment which should be paid between November 8 and 23. 

Britons who receive working tax credit or child tax credit and don’t get any other benefits may get the payment a little bit later.

To qualify, Britons will need to have been receiving eligible benefits between August 26 and September 25.

Some people may receive the second cost of living support payment, even if they didn’t qualify for the first.

People diagnosed with a terminal illness will be fast-tracked for certain benefits if they are diagnosed with less than 12 months to live.

The 12 month rule already affects Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and is being extended to Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance claimants.

Tougher work search rules also mean that people need to increase their working hours or spend more time looking for work.

Thousand of people on Universal Credit have been informed they will have to look for more work.