The new round of government welfare reforms which started in November will freeze most working age social security benefits, lower the existing benefit caps and remove some disability benefits. Here’s a quick guide to what’s happening and who will be affected.
The lowered benefit cap
The maximum total of benefits for a family with children has been reduced from £23,000 to £20,000 (£13,400 for single claimants without children).
The last year has been a very busy one for Citizens Advice Surrey Heath.
As well as helping over 2,500 local people who phoned or visited us, we advised well over 1,000 people via our new email and webchat service. We also provided advice in the homes of people who were unable to travel.
Our Quiz Night was held on 7th October at St Paul’s Church.
The event was a great success with 18 teams totaling 150 participants and over £1,700 was raised. The prizes were presented by the High Sheriff of Surrey with the Mayor of Surrey Heath’s team in first place.
Once again we are fortunate to be able to utilise The Berkshire Golf Club for the event in 2017, with the opportunity to play the Blue Course next time.
The date is Wednesday 5th April and the cost for a team of 4 will be confirmed later.
Once again we shall be encouraging individuals and local organisations to sponsor a hole,
Our 4th Annual Golf Day was held on Tuesday 12th April 2016 at The Berkshire Golf Club. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to hold this increasingly popular event on the Red Course at this prestigious club.
Our charitable objectives were met and approximately £11,250 was raised to supplement the existing funding streams of the charity.
The long-awaited Universal Credit benefit system will be introduced in Surrey Heath on 29th February.
The existing messy welfare system involves lots of different working age benefit payments made at different times. It can often result in a situation where someone can be better off working fewer hours or even not working at all.
More people search the national Citizens Advice website www.citizensadvice.org.uk for information about workers’ rights than any other topic. The information below summarises your main rights as an employee – this includes workers on zero-hours contracts but it excludes agency, freelance and self-employed workers as well as trainees.
In the last year more than 80,000 people came to Citizens Advice suffering a problem with a privately rented home. A buyer of a simple toaster currently has more rights than a tenant. With home ownership at a 30 year low and the majority of 25 to 34 year olds now renting,
Do you need help or advice? Over the last year Citizens Advice Surrey Heath has helped over 2,600 local people and families who made 12,000 enquiries. Here are a few examples:
A young father borrowed money to renovate his house but unfortunately he then lost his job.
The first week of November is National Consumer Week and this year it is focusing on the new rights we all have under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
All goods bought after 1st October 2015 must be as described, of satisfactory quality and fit for purpose.