Welfare reform - what you need to know
The Welfare Reform Act is legislation that was introduced by the government in March 2012. The Act legislates for the biggest change to the welfare system for over 60 years.
These changes to the welfare benefits system are likely to affect everyone of working age who currently receives state benefits.
What are the changes?
The Welfare Reform Act introduces a wide range of reforms that will affect many CityWest Homes tenants. The main elements of the Act are:
- An under-occupation cap on housing benefit for working age households
- A total benefit cap for working age households
- A new type of payment called ‘Universal Credit’ which is a single streamlined payment which replaces most means-tested benefits
- Housing costs (currently housing benefit) being paid direct to the tenant, not to the landlord
Other changes that may affect some tenants include:
- Changes to Disability Living Allowance, through the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment
- A change to the way incapacity benefits are paid
Some of the details have not been agreed and the government are currently consulting on these, so we will keep updating these pages to keep you informed.
For more information on what we are doing about the changes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Affected residents should contact their local estate office.