Welfare changes

The Welfare Reform Act (March 2012) has led to the biggest change to the welfare system/state for over 60 years and is having a major impact on people’s lives across the diocese, resulting in increasing levels of hardship (over 40,000 people in Nottingham city, for example, have been affected by these changes)

The abolition of some benefits such as the Social Fund together with the reduction in the amounts of others, such as Housing and Council Tax Benefit, will take some time to get used to. As will the introduction of Universal Credit, which will be a challenge for those who need help people with financial literacy/budgeting skills….

For more information on welfare reform:

Nottingham City Council Welfare Rights Pages

http://nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=13321

Information on Nottingham’s Emergency Hardship Support Scheme is available here: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=21962
Telephone is currently the only contact route for applications to the scheme. 

Presentation/Overview of Welfare Reform Changes and Nottingham City

For Nottingham City further support is available from Advice Nottingham. Please visit www.advicenottingham.org.uk or pop in to your local advice centre:

• Bestwood Advice Centre, 21 Gainsford Crescent, Bestwood Estate, Nottingham, NG5 5FH

• Clifton Advice Centre, Clifton Conerstone/Southchurch Drive, Nottingham, NG11 8EW

• Meadows Advice Group, 5-7 Bridgeway Centre, The Meadows, Nottingham, NG2 2JD.

• Nottingham & District Citizens Advice Bureau – 34/36 Carrington Street, Nottingham NG1 7FG

• Nottingham Law Centre, 119 Radford Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham, NG7 5DU

• Nottinghamshire Deaf Society, 22 Forest Road West, Nottingham, NG7 4EQ

• Nottinghamshire Housing Advice Service, Castle Gate, Nottingham, NG1 7AW

• St Ann’s Advice Centre, The Neighbourhood Centre, Robin Hood Chase, Nottingham, NG3 4EZ

Alternatively you could visit www.direct.gov.uk or Nottingham City Council’s Welfare Rights Service on tel. 0115 915 1355 (8.30am – 4.50pm, Monday to Friday) or email welfarerights@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

For County: NAN (Nottinghamshire Advice Network) https://www.nottinghamshireadvicenetwork.org.uk/

NAN Advice line This is open to residents of Bassletaw, Ollerton Mansfield and Ashfield (Newark in Nov)

0844 856 3411 – Mon- Fri 10am-2pm.

Other useful links:

www.turn2us.org.uk – a charity that helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help

Universal Credit – latest DWP Information

Personal Independence Payments – visit www.dwp.gov.uk/pip

Social Fund Reform – Short Term Advances and Budgeting Advances DWP Information Sheet

Download all the Homeless Link Welfare Reform factsheets and tools for staff/organisations from their Welfare Aware Pages

Action on Poverty and Homelessness: http://www.actionweek.org.uk/home.html