The UK benefits system is changing
Through the Welfare Reform Act, the Government is making significant changes to the benefits system. This means that if you receive benefits the amount you get and how you get it may change.
We have a range of fact sheets about the different benefit changes that provide more information.
- Factsheet 1 - Where to go for advice (PDF)
- Factsheet 2 - Overview of benefit changes (PDF)
- Factsheet 3 - Total Benefits Cap (PDF)
- Factsheet 4 - Social Sector Size Criteria (spare bedroom tax) (PDF)
- Factsheet 5 - Council Tax Benefit changes (PDF)
- Factsheet 6 - Personal Independence Payments (PDF)
- Factsheet 7 - Universal Credit (PDF)
- Factsheet 8 - Employment Support Allowance (PDF)
- Factsheet 9 - Local Housing Allowance (PDF)
- Factsheet 10 - Taking in a lodger (PDF)
- Factsheet 11 - Non-dependents (PDF)
- Factsheet 12 - Local Social Fund
You can find out more by viewing the pages above and the documents on the right hand side of this page.
Welfare reform - a brief guide to benefit changes
There are three benefit changes that may affect you which started on 1 April 2013.
Social sector size criteria (known as the bedroom tax)
Council and housing association tenants who are of working age with one or more ‘spare’ bedrooms will have their housing benefit reduced:
- We have written to all council tenants affected and a dedicated team has been visiting people to offer support and advice
- For council tenants with spare rooms, you can attend a drop-in session to get advice on changes to housing benefit and the effect this may have on you
- You can register to downsize and find out more about the schemes available to help you find the right move
- Find out more about the changes to housing benefit
Changes to council tax benefit
Council tax benefit has been replaced by a local scheme. The amount of money the Government gives Camden to help residents pay their council tax bill has been reduced by 10%.
In Camden, this means benefit recipients of working age will now be expected to pay at least 8.5% of their council tax bill themselves, between £1 and £4 per week depending on the property.
- We have written to everyone who will be affected. We have sent out details on how much they will need to pay from April 2013
- find out more about council tax reduction
Replacing the Social Fund in Camden
The Social Fund has been abolished by central government, with some funding allocated to us. We have put in place an interim Local Social Fund.
The local fund is available to local people in financial difficulties or in a crisis and provide help to purchase things such as white goods (for example a washing machine):
More information and help
- Benefit changes - will I have to move out of Camden?
- Find out more about how the changes are expected to affect Camden and the Council's response to welfare changes
- download: Our brief guide to welfare benefit changes (PDF 266KB)
You can get free confidential advice from a range of organisations in Camden through the Camden Advice Partnership
- download: Where to go for advice factsheet (pdf 419kb)
If you think the changes will affect you and you haven't heard from us you can call Contact Camden on 020 7974 4444.
We are running short monthly briefing sessions about benefit changes for community groups and people from partner organisations.
Page last updated May 23, 2013 12:01 PM
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