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Welfare Reform

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Welfare Matters Partnership

You may have heard about the welfare reform changes that started in 2013. This page will give you some information on the most important changes and details of where to find more information if you think you will be affected.

In Aberdeen a partnership has been set up, made up of organisations that can help and support those affected by the changes.  The partners are listed down the right hand side.  Specialist advisers can be contacted at


Welfare Matters Support Service starts July 2015

The Community Planning Partnership's Welfare Reform Programme Board has appointed three support officers and one administrator to develop the Welfare Matters Support Service. Employed by Aberdeen City Council (ACC),funded by Department for Works and Pensions (DWP), for one year initially they will work alongside services to develop the Welfare Matters support service, which will manage co-location of services and the referral system, as well as developing tools to support this approach such as on-line information available for all.

If you would like support or more information about any of the services offered on this page please contact us on


Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit designed to support people who are on a low income or out of work. It will replace many existing benefits with a single monthly payment which merges together some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now. Universal Credit is being introduced for single claimants in Aberdeen from November 2015.

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Benefit Cap

The Benefit Cap is a limit on the total amount of certain benefits that working age people (aged 16 - 64) can receive. The limit is 500 per week for couples or lone parents and 350 per week for single claimants.

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Under-occupancy in Social Housing

In April 2013 the Government introduced new size limit rules into Housing Benefit for working age people renting from a local authority. If you have more bedrooms than required, the amount of housing benefit you get may be reduced. This applies if you rent your home from Aberdeen City Council or a Housing Association.

For more information:  Discretionary Housing Payments

Council Tax Reduction

On 1 April 2013, Council Tax Benefit was abolished and replaced with a new Council Tax Reduction Scheme across all local authorities in Scotland.

For more information:   Council Tax Benefit/Reduction and Housing Benefit


Scottish Welfare Fund / Community Care and Crisis Grants

Since April 2013 crisis loans and community care grants under the social fund have been replaced by a new scheme called the Scottish welfare fund which is managed by local councils..

  • Crisis Grants can help pay for the things someone needs to prevent harm to their or their family's health or safety because of an emergency or disaster. 
  • Community Care Grants can help people with the things they need to live independently in the community rather than having to live or stay in care.

For more information: Crisis and Community Care Grants

Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you're aged 16 to 64


Passported Benefits

The Scottish Government controls a number of disability related and income based passported benefits which people can qualify for if they receive one or more UK welfare benefit.


Winter Fuel Payments

Warm Home Discount scheme.This year's payment is giving more than 1.3 million of the poorest pensioners an extra 140 off their energy bill.

Cold Weather Payments of 25 a week, giving an additional layer of support for vulnerable people in low-income groups during the very coldest snaps.

Winter Fuel Payments with a one-off payment of between 100 and 300 to help towards the cost of heating their homes.



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