A presentation for clients to provide an overview of the coming Welfare Reform and benefit changes.
1. Welfare ReformChanges to the Benefit SystemStart 2. The Welfare Reform Act is being introduced by theGovernment, starting in April 2013 .The Government say that these reforms will make thebenefits system simpler and fairer. 3. Welfare ReformDuring this training you will learn about the changes in the benefits system thatmay affect you.This includes: Benefit Cap Universal Credit Bedroom Tax Personal Independent Payments (PIP) Discretionary Housing Payments 4. By making these changes the Government are aiming to save 18 Billion.Click on each tile to find out more. 5. By making these changes the Government want to save 18 Billion! Click on each tile to find out more. 6. By making these changes the Government want to save 18 Billion! Click on each tile to find out more. 7. The Government say that the reforms will encourage people towork, as they will be better off working than being on benefits. 8. They say it will tackle welfare dependency. 9. It will deliver fairness to those claiming benefit and thetaxpayer. 10. Incapacity BenefitThe Department of Work and Pensionsare carrying out a national exercise toreassess everyone on Incapacity Benefit.People will be transferred onto eitherEmployment Support Allowance (ESA),or Jobseeker Allowance (JSA). 11. Benefit CapFrom April 2013, the Government willintroduce a cap on the total amount ofbenefits that working age people willreceive. This means households onbenefit should no longer get more moneythan working households. 12. Benefit CapClick on the figures below to find out what the currentforecasted benefits cap is. 13. Benefit CapClick on the figures below to find out what the currentforecasted benefits cap is. 14. Click here to go to the benefit cap calculator 15. Benefit CapThe cap will be set at around 350 perweek for single people with no children. 16. Benefit CapThe cap will be set at around500 per week for a couple andsingle parent families. 17. Benefit CapThe benefits cap does not apply where any member of thehousehold receives: DLA or PIP Attendance Allowance The support component of ESA Working Tax Credit War Widows/Widowers Pension 18. Universal Credit 19. Universal CreditUniversal Credit (UC) is going to be brought in as a single means -tested benefit payment and will eventually replace the followingbenefit payments.Child Working Housing TaxTaxCreditsBenefit CreditsUniversal CreditIncome Income IncomeRelatedRelatedSupportESAJSA 20. Universal CreditUC will be available to people under the state pension age.It will be paid in one lump sum each month to top up the incomeof working age people. This includes people who are: Employed Unemployed Sick Disabled Caring for children Caring for disabled people 21. Universal CreditIf you start working, youll not lose all your entitlement to UC, like youwould under the old system. And if your earnings or hours of workincrease, UC will be withdrawn gradually. 22. How will your Universal Credit be paid?Universal Credit will normally be paidMonthlymonthly in arrears and will be paid toone person in the household. One payment per householdClick on the links for more information. Into a bank account 23. How will your Universal Credit be paid?Universal Credit will normally be paidMonthlymonthly in arrears and will be paid toone person in the household. Click on One payment perthe links for more information. household Into a bank account 24. How will your Universal Credit be paid?Universal Credit will normally be paidMonthlymonthly in arrears and will be paid toone person in the household. Click on One payment perthe links for more information. household Into a bank account 25. Monthly PaymentsThe Government say that because working people usually have tomanage their money monthly, so should people on benefits.One monthly payment will be made and you will have to pay allyour bills from that payment, including any rent, service chargesor council tax charges.This does not apply if you are in Supported Housing. If you are inshared accommodation or in supported accommodation, your rentwill still be paid directly to Action Housing and Support. 26. One Payment per HouseholdUniversal Credit is household credit, not an individual benefit,and it will be paid to one member of the household. 27. Direct Payments into a Bank AccountUniversal Credit is going to be paid directly into a bank account. If youdont already have an account or have trouble getting one, then itsworth thinking about joining a credit union. Ask your key-worker formore information. 28. Bedroom TaxFrom April 2013 the government is reducing the amount of HousingBenefit some people can claim. Under the new rules, if you live in aproperty where it is considered too big for your needs, you will losepart of your housing benefit. 29. Bedroom TaxHousing Benefit will beChildren under 16 of the Children under 10 arerestricted to cover thesame gender areexpected to sharecosts of one bedroom expected to share. regardless of gender.per single adult or twopeople living as couple. A disabled person whoIf you are of pension requires overnight careage, then this will will be allowed an extranot affect you bedroom. 30. Who will be affected?Everyone who claims housing benefit and who has more bedrooms than theGovernment say they need.This includes:Separated parents who share the care of their children. Only the personclaiming the Child Benefit can claim for the childs bedroom.Couples who use their spare bedroom when recovering from an illness oroperation.Families with disabled childrenDisabled people living in specially adapted or designed accommodation 31. How much will people lose? The cuts will be a fixed percentage of an eligible housing benefit claim. The Government has said that it will be 14% for one extra bedroom and 25% for two or more extra bedrooms.Click on the pictures to see fictional stories of how housing benefit cuts willaffect people. 32. How much will people lose? The cuts will be a fixed percentage of an eligible housing benefit claim. The Government has said that it will be 14% for one extra bedroom and 25% for two or more extra bedrooms.Click on the pictures to see fictional stories of how housing benefit cuts willaffect people. 33. Tonys StoryI live in a two bedroom flat and my housing benefit covers my rentwhile Im looking for work. My spare room is for when my kids, Samand Billy, come to stay at the weekends as they live with their mum.The change could stop me from seeing my kids unless I find the extramoney to cover the cost of keeping the spare room. 34. Sam and Troys StoryWe live in three bedroom house and have two children, Spencerwhos 3 and Katie whos 8. The housing benefit changes mean thatthey have to share a room because they are both under 10. Unless wecan find the extra money needed well have to move to somewheresmaller. 35. Maureens StoryIve lived in my three bedroom house for over 30 years and now mychildren have moved out. I was worried about how the changes wouldaffect me. But as Im 64, Ive found out I wont be affected and I wonthave to pay anything extra. 36. Pauls StoryI live in a three bedroom council house and although I have twospare rooms, the changes wont affect me because Im workingand I dont claim Housing Benefit. 37. Janets StoryI live in a four bedroom house and my children have all moved out. AsIm 45 years old the changes mean I have to find a lot more money tostay in my home. Im not sure what Im going to do or how much Ihave to pay. 38. Kais StoryThe council gave me a two bedroom flat when I was made homeless. Iclaim housing benefit because Ive not got a job yet. I need to either moveto a one bed place, which I dont want to because I just started a course atthe college nearby, or find the extra money from my JobseekersAllowance. I dont know how Im going to manage. 39. Claires StoryI live in a two bedroom flat, due to my disability I can keep a spareroom for my carer to stay overnight. 40. Aishas StoryIve lived in my three bedroom family home all my life. Sadly, myparents passed away last year. Im not working and I claim full housingbenefit. I cant afford to pay 25% of the 100 a week rent, so Ill haveto leave or find someone to share the house with. Its very difficult asI dont want to leave my family home. 41. What you can do to minimise the impact Move to a smaller property Apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment Increase your income check that you are receiving the full amount of benefits which you are entitled to, or if you work, as kif you can increase your hours Find employment If you are working, and in receipt of Working Tax Credit, you wont be affected by the Bedroom Tax. The Job Centre will be able to help you with this. Review your expenditure Do a budget plan see to where you can save money. Contact your gas and electric supplier to see if you can change suppliers to pay a reduced amount. 42. Personal Independence Payment (PIP)The personal independence payment replaces Disability LivingAllowance (DLA) from April 2013.PIP will be very similar to DLA as it will have two components: a dailyliving component and a mobility component. 43. When will be PIP be introduced?At some point between August 2013 and Spring 2016 people in receipt ofDLA will get a letter from the DWP to inform them that their DLA is dueto end. It will explain how people can apply for PIP. DWP will continue tomake DLA payments until a decision on PIP has been made. 44. PIP and Motability SchemeThe mobility scheme will work with PIP in the same way as it doeswith DLA. Motability will continue to lease cars, powered wheelchairsand scooters to disabled people who receive either: The Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA The enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP (from April 2013) The War Pensioners Mobility Supplement 45. Useful LinksDWP - Benefit Cap CalculatorTurn2Us.org More information aboutBenefit Cap and other benefit advice.Shelter Information on DiscretionaryHousing Payments