Prepare now for welfare benefit
If you claim
benefits you need to plan for the biggest cuts in the welfare
system for a generation.
Under new rules being
introduced by the Government in April 2013, anyone receiving
benefits could be affected by the cuts, especially those receiving
The new rules will include
changes to the number of bedrooms people are entitled to and for
the first time ever, payments of housing benefit will be linked to
Under the current system, if
residents have more bedrooms than they need, they can still receive
housing benefit for their home. Under the new system this will
change. In future, the Government is reducing the number of rooms
people are entitled to and linking housing benefit to this so
residents will have to make up the difference from other income or
benefits they receive.
There will also be a
reduction or ‘cap’ in the amount of benefits that people are
entitled to receive.
mhs homes is advising its
residents to find out straight away if they will be affected.
There are some groups who
will be exempt from the changes but the advice from mhs homes to
residents is to find out exactly how they might be affected well
before April next year.
Michele Crombie, Income
Manager at mhs homes said: "The cuts that the Government is
introducing could affect anyone who is claiming benefits. We want
to help residents as much as we can and our message is not to wait
until next year to see the outcome, act now! Putting things off
will make it harder to manage. People who find that their benefit
is affected by the new occupancy rules may be able to avoid their
benefit being cut by downsizing but they could find that if they
wait until April 2013 to talk to us about this, they are likely to
join a long waiting list."
Additional changes the
Government is making to the benefits system from October 2013 will
see benefits consolidated into a single payment (Universal Credit)
and all money including housing benefit being paid directly to
claimants (Direct Payments) who will then be responsible for making
their own rent payments and managing their own finances
Patricia Hewett, Head of
Housing said: "We have been working very hard to identify
those of our customers who will be affected by the changes to the
benefits system to make sure that they are prepared for the changes
when they come in next year.
"We are concerned about the effects that the bedroom tax and the
direct payments will have on our customers so we have written to
them all to make sure that they take action now, so that they are
prepared for the massive changes ahead."