Benefit and other changes for single parents from April 2018
Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) payments
From 6th April 2018 Support for Mortgage Interest payments (SMI) became a loan instead of a benefit. If you have been claiming SMI you will receive a letter inviting you to apply for a loan.
The loan will be repayable when you return to work or if you sell your home. For more information see Help to pay your mortgage.
Carer’s Allowance earnings limit will be increased from £116 to £120 a week from 6 April. If you earn £120 after tax you will not be entitled to carer’s allowance.
See our Disability Benefits factsheet for more information or call the Lone Parent helpline on 0808 801 0323 if you need advice about this.
Employer Childcare Vouchers
New claims for Employer Supported Childcare (Childcare Vouchers) was expected to end in April 2018. This has now been extended for six months until October 2018.
Existing claims will continue until your child is 15 years old (or 16 years old if disabled), or if you claim the childcare element of Working Tax Credit, Childcare element of Universal Credit or Tax Free Childcare.
Personal tax allowance
Workers will see their personal tax allowance rise to £11,850 from 6 April. This means you can earn £11,850 before you have to pay any income tax.
The National Minimum Wage
The Living Wage in Scotland is £8.75 per hour from 6 April if you are aged 25 or over. This is a voluntary rate that employers can choose to pay. The National Minimum Wage for workers aged over 25 is £7.83 per hour. See below for other rates.
|Age 25 and over: £7.83 per hour|
|Age 21 to 24: £7.38 per hour|
|Age 18 to 20: £5.90 per hour|
|Under 18: £4.20 per hour|
|Apprentices under 19, or in the first year of their apprenticeship: £3.70 per hour|
Previous benefit changes
Recent benefit changes that affect single parents can be found here: Autumn 2017 budget.
See also: Benefit and other Benefit and other changes from April 2017