As the coalition government wrestles with an £83bn round of spending cuts to get the UK economy back on track, Channel 4 News looks at cuts to benefits coming into force this year.
A raft of cuts aimed at benefits across all sections of UK society come into force in the course of 2013.
Some Tories claim benefits form “24.2 per cent of the UK’s total income”, and as recently as this week criticised Labour’s introduction of tax credits, with Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith saying they had resulted in “a sorry story of dependency, wasted taxpayers’ money and fraud”.
Among this year’s more controversial cuts include the scaled withdrawal of child benefit where a household earns more than £50,000.
Here is a list of the changes.
COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT
DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE