The Welfare Reform Act is a new law introduced by Government which will create one of the biggest shake-ups in welfare benefits in this country.
If you receive benefits take action now to find out how you will be affected.
The new Act changes the way welfare support is calculated, decided and paid. The changes are significant and we are continuing to raise concerns about the likely adverse effect on many local people.
At the moment, it is difficult to predict the precise impact of the Government’s changes because details are still emerging. But anyone receiving welfare benefit needs to understand what this could mean for them. In many cases, the amount of cash in pockets will be cut and the impact may result in severe financial difficulties for many households.
Together with out partners we are working closely to look at ways of supporting residents affected by Welfare Reform. Affected households are receiving letters and, in some cases, visits from the Council to help them to understand the changes.
Cllr Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Borough Council, said: “Central Government Welfare Reform means a massive upheaval in the benefits system and huge changes for many local people. We know that some of our most vulnerable residents will be significantly out of pocket and we urge you to seek help and advice now so you can take action if you need to.”
This Monday (1 October), our specially trained benefit advisors will be available offering help and support on 0300 790 0345.
Beginning next week, we will also be offering drop-in one-to-one specialist advice at the Town Hall from 9am-5pm every Tuesday and Thursday.
More information to help you find out if you will be affected in date order of the changes happening, where you can get more details and support including benefits and debt advice, money management and help in finding a job, and any action you need to take can be found by following this link to benefit changes