Through the Welfare Reform Act 2012, the UK government is currently introducing the biggest change to the welfare system in 60 years. The aim is to simplify and streamline the system, to decrease fraud and to create incentives to work by ensuring that work always pays. Over the next five years, a range of welfare reforms will be put in place. There are several components:
Detailed information about the changes and how to access local help or advice is available on local authority websites:
Cardiff Council has prepared the following factsheets which you might find useful:
Cardiff Advice provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. The service can provide advice on issues including:
Referrals can be made via:
Telephone: Administration Line - 029 2087 1015
Into Work Outreach Service
The Into Work Outreach Service provides support to those looking for work including a Job club, help writting a CV and basic computer training. Below are details of the services and training provided, or for further information call 029 2087 1000 or e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is working with Cardiff Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council and other partner organisations to strengthen local understanding of the likely impacts of welfare reform and to develop an effective collective response to safeguard and support citizens.
Another useful website for detailed information about the changes is the Department of Work and Pensions.