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Welfare Reforms logoThis year, the government is introducing a number of changes to the way that benefits are administered and calculated.   The council’s website provides updates about these changes as information becomes available, as some of the changes are yet to be finalised by the government.

From 1 April 2013, changes came in to:

  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Housing Benefit ‘under-occupation’ changes for people renting from a council or housing association
  • Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants

There are a number of other benefits that will be affected.  There is lots of information and guidance on the council’s Welfare Reforms pages. If you receive any benefit, you are advised to check these pages.

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a new benefit which replaced Daily Living Allowance (DLA) for people of working age from April 2013. It assesses your ability to carry out activities to do with daily living and/or mobility. New claims for PIP can be made from June 2013. If you are already receiving DLA and your award runs out before the end of February 2014 you will be written to and invited to claim PIP.  Brighton & Hove City Council has produced a Guide to PIP to help you understand the new benefit and how to make a claim.

house of moneyHousing Benefit is changing for ‘working-age’ people from 1 April 2013. ‘Working age’ means anyone under 61 as at April 2013. The government is introducing a ‘size criteria’ which will limit how many bedrooms your family will receive benefit for. If you have more bedrooms than the government say you need, your benefit will be reduced. The amount of the reduction will depend on how many extra bedrooms you have.

Brighton & Hove City Council have produced a guide (PDF) with detailed information plus links and phone numbers for tenants.  There is also guidance and information on the council’s website.

No. 50 busA new scheme has been launched to enable free bus travel throughout January for those who have been seeking work for more than 3 months, but less than a year. The scheme hopes to assist jobseekers to attend interviews and look for work. The travel passes are distributed by the JobCentrePlus when claimants attend their fortnightly interviews and will be valid for one month. The job seeker must be engaging regularly with their advisor. Read the rest of this entry »

Family Mosaic (in partnership with the council) are offering a free Winter Warmth Service  to provide advice on keeping warm in winter and installing simple energy saving measures – all aimed at making the home safer and warmer ready for next winter.

Keep Warm...

In addition through the Handyperson service run by In Touch Support we can offer practical assistance free of charge, which can cover the following services if appropriate (and subject to funding availability): Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday 12 September 2012, 10am -1pm at Brighton Dome Foyer, Church Street.  Click on the image below for more information.

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Changes have been made to the way benefit payments are paid as of 1 January 2012.

The government has changed the rules that apply to most single people aged between 25 and 35, who do not have children, live in self-contained accommodation and rent from a private landlord.

The new rules mean that the maximum amount of benefit someone in this group can apply for will be that for a shared room, about £78 per week. More information on these changes is available on the council website.

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