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Welfare Reforms

What is welfare reform?.

Welfare reform is the name given to the changes being made to the benefit system (social security) which is paid by the government to provide:

  • a minimum income to live on
  • additional income for a specific purpose, for example children
  • additional income because of needs arising from a disability or illness

There have been a number of changes made to the social security system that have largely reduced the level of money paid to people to help them in these circumstances.

To help you understand how the changes may affect you, we have created a website with lots of useful information and advice including details about Universal Credit and housing benefit.

You will also find details of how you can help to get back into employment, how to calculate what benefits you are entitled to and links to the Credit Union and local Food Bank.

View the website