The main rates of working age benefits and tax credits will be frozen in cash terms for four years from April.Pensioners' benefits are excluded from this freeze.
For this, you will need a minimum number of qualifying years of between seven and ten years.
If you don't have this, you will not qualify for the single tier pension.
For more details, see the government's information on state pensions.
This will only affect new claims and new births from .
From April 2016, housing benefit claims will only be backdated for a maximum of 1 month for working age claimants.
There will be a minimum age of 21 for new housing benefit claims (or the housing element of universal credit) from April 2017.
There will be exceptions for parents, vulnerable groups and for people who could previously afford their rent without help.
You will also be excluded from this change if you are: From April 2016, any income changes of more than £2,500 will be taken into account when calculating the entitlement. For those reaching pension age from 6 April, a new single tier state pension is being introduced to replace the basic state pension and state second pension.
This will affect all women born on, or after, 6 April 1953 and all men born on, or after, 6 April 1951.