The Government is making changes to the way that various benefits are paid.
The Bedroom Tax
This effects working age claimants of Housing Benefit, who are under-occupying the property. Under new legislation your award for Housing Benefit might be reduced by 14% if you are under occupying by 1 room or 25% if you are under occupying by 2 or more rooms from the amount of your eligible rent. This does not affect people of pension age.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
For claimants of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) this is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This was rolled out to new claimants aged 16-64 from April 2013, with people currently on DLA being gradually reassessed for PIP.
The government will also be introducing Universal Credit which will replace Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Tax Credits, Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit. This benefit will be paid in one monthly lump sum, direct to claimants.
Universal credit is being phased in over a number of years so it will not affect everyone at the same time.
Rollout of this new system has begun in some areas of the country for new working age claimants, however there are no exact dates as of yet when the introduction of Universal Credit may happen so please watch for any updates.
This also affects working age claimants and limits the overall amount of benefit a claimant can receive to £350 per week for a single person and £500 per week for couples or families. This does not affect people of pension age.
For full detail about these changes please click on link Welfare Reform Document (pdf) »
For further help, please contact Aileen Michie, Housing & Customer Services (Income) Assistant of West Highland Housing Association or Diane MacDonald, Crisis Intervention/Tenancy Officer, Argyll Net Works on 01631 566451 or 0845 402058 Website »