Welfare reform

Changes to the welfare system

The government has already introduced major changes to the welfare system, with more to follow.

For people of working age, the government's aim is to make the system simpler and make sure you are better off in work than on benefits. At the same time, the government is looking to make savings, by reducing the total cost of benefits and tax credits across the country.

Most benefits are changing in some way, and more details about the changes are being announced all the time. We know these changes will affect a lot of people living in Central Bedfordshire.

We care about our residents and have worked to identify the impacts on them as changes have started to take effect, as well as planning for the potential impact of future reforms. Our Five Year Plan includes a section on increasing the resilience of residents, due to the impact of welfare reform.

What we have committed to do

  1. help people back to work, and those in low paid work to progress
  2. improve housing circumstances
  3. build resilience in the population of Central Bedfordshire by providing information and advice, so that residents can make informed choices and help themselves

Read more about our commitment (PDF 1.6MB) .

Some of the changes may mean you will receive less money in benefits. You will need to budget for things such as your rent and other bills to make sure you don't run into trouble with your finances.

Need help with your finances?

Download our leaflet, Are you struggling with money? (PDF 808.1KB) – it includes lots of advice about how you can get help before it's too late. You can also visit Advice Central (link opens in new window), an independent and confidential service for Central Bedfordshire residents.

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