Benefit changes 2014
There’s rarely a day goes by without benefit changes being in the news for some reason or other but it’s often hard to know the details of what’s actually going to happen. To make life easy, we’ve summarised the big welfare benefit changes in 2014.
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More people are struggling with rent arrears
It was revealed today that one in three council tenants have fallen into rent arrears since recent housing benefit cuts came into effect. So what’s the story and what can you do if you’re affected? Continue reading »
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We’ve all heard about the benefit changes the Government is making to the current system, but over the past couple of months everything’s gone a bit quiet.
There was a flurry of news and activity in early April with the 2013 benefit changes, (such as the introduction of the “Bedroom Tax”), and last month Disabled Living Allowance was replaced by Personal Independence Payment for new claimants.
But on the whole it was quiet… until this week, when Universal Credit and the newly-introduced benefit cap made the news in a big way.
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Waking up to the facts about the “bedroom tax”
It seems that changes to benefits brings about a whole new batch of myths, but few have sparked more untruths than the under occupancy charge, commonly known as the “bedroom tax”.
The problem with myths is that they’re interpreted as fact, and that’s where the problems start. With this in mind, let’s take a selection of the rumours we heard recently, and set the record straight… Continue reading »
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Benefit changes and your IVA
The news is full of stories about changes to the benefits system this year. It can be quite hard to find reliable information about what the changes will mean in practice.
If you’re on an IVA then it can be even more worrying, as changes to your income may make it harder to keep the IVA going. We’ve already covered details of the benefit changes coming in 2013 but what happens if you’re on an IVA and are affected by these?
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Many people are concerned about how Universal Credit will effect their family
The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu reputedly said that ‘life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow’.
That’s easy for you to say, Lao – you don’t have to worry about the sweeping changes to the benefit system that will come into force in just a couple of months.
It seems that the upcoming changes are causing little else but sorrow, frustration and worry – but is this justified?
We asked our loyal Facebook fans what was on their mind the most when it came to Universal Credit, hoping to set the record straight as much as possible. Here’s what they had to say…
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What is universal credit?
There are lots of changes coming to the UK benefits system this year.
One of the biggest changes will be the introduction of Universal Credit.
We’ve put together this handy guide to help you understand the basics and hopefully help you navigate the changes.