27 February 2013

Changes to the benefit system - find out what these could mean for you

Lambeth council is organising two welfare reform briefing sessions at Lambeth Accord (Brixton Road) on Tuesday, 5 March and Thursday, 28 March, with sessions each day from 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm.

These sessions are designed to provide advice to residents about the upcoming changes to the welfare system that will take effect from April 2013. They will also look at what Lambeth is doing as a council with its partners to support residents and organisations affected.

The 6 main changes the sessions will cover are:

· Introduction of the Benefit Cap

· Introduction of the Size Criteria

· Abolition of the Discretionary Social Fund

· New Council Tax Support Scheme

· Change from DLA to PIP

· Introduction of Universal Credit

We will also touch on the council’s new Financial Resilience Strategy which is currently being developed. The aim of this strategy is to take steps to improve how well Lambeth’s residents are able to cope financially and has come about largely due to the changes to the welfare reform agenda.

So if you think you might be affected by these changes, please do come along. There will be plenty of time for questions and clarifications, while we will provide handouts on each of the main changes for you to take away.

If you would like to book a place on any of these four sessions, please email kbriggs@lambeth.gov.uk stating clearly which date/time you wish to attend.