The Welfare Reform Act received its Royal Assent on 8th March 2012.
The consequences of this legislation on councils will be wide ranging:
The move to Universal Credit (UC) will amalgamate a range of work-age benefits into a single welfare payment
The introduction of a new Council Tax Support Scheme (CTSS) in April 2013 will present immediate and longer-term challenges for councils and partners across public services
The introduction of housing support payment caps will reduce some household’s income and bring about an increased need for local authority support
Since the beginning of 2012 the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) with the help of benefits managers from across Wales has been active in a number of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) working groups that are preparing local authorities for the introduction of UC across the UK. The Association has also been pursuing since May 2012 three priorities in relation to Welfare Reform:
Working with the Welsh Government to mitigate the effects of the introduction of the CTSS for councils and residents Click here
ensuring a role for councils in the forthcoming UC system
tracking the impact of the current and forthcoming changes to Housing Benefit Click here
To help councils and claimants plan and mitigate for the effects of the Welfare Reform Act the WLGA will publish from this page a range of useful resources produced by itself and by a number of organisations including the Welsh Government, think-tanks, universities and other organisations.
Links: Personal Independence Payment / Universal Credit / Universal Credit (Welfare that Works) / Benefit Cap / Spare Room Subsidy / Touchbase (DWP Newsletter) / Citizens Advice / Disability Rights UK / Money Advice Service / Welfare Rights
For more information contact: Jon Rae