Welfare Reform information
Housing Benefit changes – this may affect you!
Discretionary Housing Payments
The DWP has produced a factsheet for claimants of Housing Benefit explaining what Discretionary Housing Payments are and how to claim.
The Welfare Reform and Work Act (2016) introduce some changes to the benefit cap. These changes, which will take effect in autumn 2016, include changes to the benefit cap levels to £23,000 a year for couples with or without children and lone parents and £15,410 for single people without children in Greater London, and £20,000 and £13,400 respectively for those groups elsewhere in Great Britain. They also include additional exemptions for recipients of Guardian’s Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Universal Credit claimants who receive payments towards carer’s costs.
For more information about the benefit cap changes please visit www.Gov.UK/benefit-cap.
2015 saw the biggest shakeup of benefits ever to be rolled out across the country.
In Cornwall this is only currently affecting single working age people without dependents or illness who make a new claim for benefits. Instead of claiming Job seekers allowance they will make a claim for Universal credit.
To find out if you will be affected please go to the ‘entitledto’ website for more information.
In time more and more working age claimants will move onto Universal Credit. There may be some changes you need to make to ensure you are ready.
Are you Universal Credit ready?
- Can you make and manage a claim online?
- Have you got a bank account?
- Can you manage being paid all your benefits in one lump sum monthly in arrears? (This will include any housing benefit you receive that is normally paid direct to your landlord. You will be responsible for paying your rent yourself)
For more information and support, contact us on 0300 1234 161 and ask for an Inclusion Advisor or contact the Money Advice Service.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have published several videos and information for help and information on Universal Credit.
- An introduction to Universal Credit video
- Universal Credit pages on GOV.UK
- A toolkit for partners
- A personal planner to help claimants prepare for Universal Credit
- A pictorial representation explaining better off in work
Other benefit changes
There are a number of other benefits changes currently being reviewed by the government including (CUT: a reduced benefit cap) changes to tax credits and proposed changes to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds. We will update our web site with these changes as they are confirmed.
Agony Aunt web page
Our Welfare Reform Agony Aunt page offers help to our tenants and customers with their welfare reform related issues.