Welfare Reform – What you need to know
The Welfare Reform Act has now passedÂ through Parliament and is set to completelyÂ change the way in which welfare benefits,Â including Housing Benefit, is paid. Our firstÂ issue aims to update you on how the changesÂ could impact you if youâ€™re currently claimingÂ housing or other benefits.
The Government have announced that they are proposing an early roll out of Universal Credit in Manchester and Cheshire which will see up to 1,500 new Universal Credit claimants coming on stream across four areas â€“ Tameside, Oldham, Wigan and Warrington â€“ each month. This is in addition to the trial for the introduction of Personal Independent Payments in the North of the Country from April 2013. This means that we are likely to have a number of tenants that will be affected six months prior to the official roll out date of Oct 2013.
Adactus Housing Group are gearing up for these changes to ensure that all the tenants who are likely to be affected are supported all the way.Â The situation is continually changing and the fullÂ effect of the reforms are still not yet fully knownÂ and we understand that this is a difficult andÂ challenging time for many tenants.
The main changes which will affect tenants claiming benefits are:
- Tax credits
- Non-Dependent deductions
- Disability Living AllowanceÂ â€“ Personal IndependenceÂ payment
- Universal Credit
- The change from Incapacity Benefit /Â Income Support for ill health or disabilityÂ to Employment and Allowance
If you think any of the governmentâ€™s proposed changes are going to affectÂ you, please contact our income team who will be able to talk youÂ through the changes and offer you practical advice and support on howÂ to manage your income and what steps you can take. You can alsoÂ complete our survey to see how we can help you before the act comes in to place.Â Our website will also beÂ kept up to date with theÂ latest information on welfare reform.