Many of our residents are affected by the welfare reform changes. Employees have been briefed, so they can give you good advice on the changes and your options. Please see our Income & Benefits section or follow the links at the bottom of this page for more information.
You can find out more about the changes on the Citizens Advice website (www.citizensadvice.org.uk), where you will find detailed information about:
- Council Tax Benefit changes – a new system where your Council sets its own rules and you are likely to pay more of your Council Tax than before
- The Benefit Cap, which limits how much benefit you can claim and may reduce your Housing Benefit (or Universal Credit) to make up the difference
- Changes to the Social Fund – parts of this have been abolished
- Child Benefit changes – high earners are no longer entitled to this
- Universal Credit, which will replace all the main means-tested benefits for people of working age, and
- Personal Independence Payments have replaced Disability Living Allowance
- The Citizens Advice website also explains about cuts to your Housing Benefit if you are under-occupying your home under the new rules (the ‘bedroom tax’).