Welfare Reform

April 2013 saw the start of phased introduction of changes in the welfare system – the biggest shake up in the last 60 years. Over the next 4 years Shropshire residents of working age will see the way they claim benefits change.

On 17th January, in order to ensure Shropshire can offer support throughout this transition to new national systems, Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly, Shropshire Disability Network, Pan Disability Forum and the Community Legal Advice Service Partnership (CLASP) ran Welfare Reform: The Big Debate.

The event was held at Shrewsbury Town Football Stadium and involved more than 90 people from a large number of Shropshire’s voluntary groups and organisations.

Copies of the Debate Report,  Summary and Questions are available following the links below:

Welfare Reform Summary
Welfare Reform – The Big Debate REPORT
Questions Big Debate Welfare Reform Final

Citizens Advice Shropshire have also produced an overview of welfare reform to Scrutiny. It is available below.
Welfare Reform Overview To Scrutiny

Copies of all presentations are available below:
An introduction to Welfare Reform
Universal Credit
Personal Independence Payment
Housing and Council Tax Benefits

Other Useful Resources:
Advice for Elected Members http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/help_for_helping_your_residents




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