Welfare Reform

The UK Government is in the process of phasing in significant changes to the welfare benefits system. A link to the Welfare Rights website is at the bottom of the page which gives updates on changes that may affect our members. If you have any concerns or worries about paying your rent or about entitlement to housing benefit or changes to in work or out of work welfare benefits, then please contact us to make an appointment to see our financial inclusion officer for help and advice.  Please click here to see our leaflet on Welfare Reform.

 

The Scottish Welfare Fund

Glasgow City Council deliver the Scottish Welfare Fund on behalf of the government. This fund helps people on low incomes buy and replace essential household items. For further information on this scheme please make an appointment to see one of our financial inclusion officers.  

 

Under Occupancy Charge (Bedroom Tax)

From April 2013 if people are under the qualifying age for state pension credit and have a more bedrooms than required (under the government size criteria) then their housing benefit entitlement will be restricted.

Currently, the Scottish Government is providing funding to offset the impact of the Bedroom Tax. 

 

Universal Credit

The UK Government aim to simplify the benefits system, and have started to roll out Universal Credit which will replace most of the other means tested benefits including:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

Universal Credit is being introduced gradually in different areas and for different groups of claimants.  Please get in touch if you have any queries or concerns about Universal Credit.

 

Useful Websites

We have listed below are some useful websites with more information on welfare reforms and managing your money:

Money Advice Service - https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

CAS - http://www.cas.org.uk/

Welfare Rights - http://www.welfarerights.net/help-with-debts.php