Today sees the start of a raft of changes to the welfare benefits system. The controversial changes include:
- The under-occupancy penalty, dubbed a 'bedroom tax' by opponents and a 'spare-room subsidy' by ministers comes into being today. Around 660,000 families will lose an average £14 housing benefit a week in a move ministers hope will save £500 million a year.
- Council tax benefit is also replaced today by a new system run by local authorities but with 10% less funding.
- Working-age benefits and tax credits will rise by a below-inflation 1 percent from April 6 - the start of a three-year cap that represents a real-terms cut.
- From April 8 disability living allowance (DLA) begins to be replaced by the personal independence payment (PIP), which charities say will remove support from many in real need.
George Osborne has accused the Government's welfare reform critics of talking "ill-informed rubbish."
Find out more about the raft of changes to the welfare benefits system that began to come into force from the 1 April.
The government has been forced to defend its changes to the benefits system after prominent church leaders claimed they were 'unjust'.