The UK Government has introduced major changes to welfare benefits, commonly known as welfare reform. If you are of working age (16-64) and claim benefits, then you may be affected.
You might have to apply for a new type of benefit or you might get less money than you did before. We want to help you find information and advice that will help you to plan ahead and take steps to prepare.
Your entitlement to benefits may be affected by some of the changes which started on April 2013, particularly if you are of working age; this normally means someone up to state pension age. State pension ages are changing, however if you were 61 before 6 October 2012 your benefits may not be affected, but where you have a younger partner there may be a change from October 2013. Check when you or your partner will reach pension age.
Click on the links below for more information about changes to benefits.
|•||Under-occupancy in a social sector tenancy (known as the 'bedroom tax')|
|•||Changes to council tax benefit|
|•||Scottish Welfare Fund - Crisis and community care grants|
|•||Moving from disability living allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)|
The Department of Work and Pensions has been gradually introducing Universal Credit across the country since October 2013.
Glasgow City Council produce regular Welfare Reform Newsletters which can be found on their welfare reform page.