Welfare Reform case studies
The Government have carried out the biggest reform of the welfare system for 60 years, aiming for a simpler, fairer benefits system and to ensure work pays.
Starting in 2013, some existing welfare benefits begin to be phased out and replaced by a new benefits system. Means-tested benefits, such as income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Working Tax Credit and Housing benefit will eventually be replaced by one benefit called Universal Credit.
Residents of working age and currently on certain benefits will eventually have to move to the new system and may have to agree to more conditions to get benefit.
Because of the changes, the Council have created Welfare Reform Board and as part of their work commissioned a study into the impact of Welfare Reform on our customers.
Case study and summary.
The study was undertaken in conjunction with other public, voluntary and community sector partners to review the services and support available to local residents in response to welfare reform changes, and help inform Central Bedfordshire’s response.