The UK Government states the changes are intended to reduce the benefit bill, make work pay and to simplify the benefits system.
The Welsh Government has set out draft regulations that create a national framework, to be followed by all Welsh Councils, which closely follows the current council tax benefit regulations. In addition to operating the national framework, new regulations are being set out to limit the number of local discretions that are available to the Council. The discretions broadly follow those that currently exist. The Council is now required to consult with residents on the changes and also on the local discretions. The consultation process will start on 17th December 2012 and will conclude on 17th January 2013. Following consultation the Council is required to adopt the scheme before 31st January 2013.
Details on the reforms can be accessed at http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/index.php?id=1155.