New government legislation will see a number of changes made to the benefit system, and the Welfare Reform Bill has been described as ‘one of the biggest changes to the welfare system for more than 60 years’.
In response to the changes, Tamworth Borough Council is holding drop-in sessions to give residents information and advice about how these changes could impact on them. The changes are due to start in April next year.
And a brand new website explaining the change has now been launched. It provides information on the changes and how they could impact on people. This can be found by visiting www.tamworth.gov.uk or by going to www.benefitchangestamworth.wordpress.com.
There will also be the chance to hear about new proposals, which could see five-year fixed tenancies introduced next year. This could mean new tenants would no longer be offered a ‘lifetime’ tenancy. Existing tenants would not be affected. .
All the drop-in sessions will be held at Tamworth Assembly Rooms. People are being encouraged to attend one of the sessions to find out more.
- Monday 10th September, 12noon – 4pm
- Wednesday 12th September, 10am – 2pm
- Thursday 13th September, 3pm – 7pm
People will be able to find out more about:
- Introduction of Universal Credit – which aims to simplify the benefits system by introducing a single streamlined payment
- Changes to direct payments to landlords
- Reduced housing benefit payments if people ‘under-occupy’ properties
- The abolition of Council Tax Benefit and consultation on the proposed scheme which may replace it
- Flexible tenancies
Come along to one of the events and talk to the Housing and Benefit team to find out more.