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Welfare Reform - Housing Changes

The Welfare Reform Act has introduced many changes for people in receipt of benefits.

Housing, Construction and Building Services are here to help our tenants cope with the effect these changes may have on their household finances. The changes are aimed at people of working age. If you are already a pensioner, current information indicates that you are unlikely to be affected, with the exception of Universal Credit, which could affect you if you have a partner of working age. Universal Credit will replace six existing benefits and is still to be rolled out to West Lothian Council. 

A major change for council tenants is the introduction of changes to Housing Benefit for those assessed as under occupying their property. It is in your best interests to check if or how this effects your household as soon as possible. The Revenues and Benefits Unit have issued letters to those who this may affect. This letter is very important and it is vital that if you received one of these notices that you contact your Housing Office. Equally, if you are in receipt of Housing Benefit and your circumstances change, please contact your Housing Office as soon as possible for our staff to help you.

You can work out the cost in real terms that these changes to benefits will have on you by visiting the benefits calculator and entering your own details.

For more information on Welfare Reform, please go to the Council's benefit changes page or visit the Government's benefits pages.

Keep checking this page for up to date information on Welfare Reform and Housing Options. Please also see the Links to external websites you may find helpful.