Policy Document

Welfare Reform Act 2012




United Kingdom


Work & Retirement


Activation Policies 50+

Main implications

The reform abolished the 50+ element of the Working Tax Credit as of 6 April 2012. In order to receive the basic element of the Working Tax Credit moving forward, most claimants must work at least 30 hours a week (if claimants have dependent children, qualify for the disabled element, or are aged 60 or over, they will qualify if they work at least 16 hours a week). Prior to this reform, claimants only had to work a minimum of 16 hours a week to be entitled to the 50+ element of the Working Tax Credit.

Benefits & Requirements

Read the Law

Full Text Source in English

2012, c. 5

Original full text source in native language

2012, c. 5

Full text web source in English


Original full text web source in native language


Comments & Clarifications

Effective date: April – October 2013

Secondary Literature & Sources

Secondary literature

- British Department for Work and Pension. "Universal Credit: Welfare that works". Benefit Reform Division, The Stationery Office Limited, London, 2010. Available at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/universal-credit-full-document.pdf
- British Department for Work and Pensions on the reforms. "Supporting detail: Welfare Reform Act 2012 regulations". Available at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/legislation-and-key-documents/welfare-reform-act-2012/index.shtml
- British Department for Work and Pensions on the reforms. "Supporting detail: Government policy on Universal Credit: an introduction". Available at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/universal-credit/
- British Parliament. "Welfare Reform Act 2012". Available at: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/welfarereform.html


Alyson Silkowski
London School of Economics

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SPLASH-db.eu (2012): Policy: "Welfare Reform Act 2012" (Information provided by Alyson Silkowski). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].