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South Essex Homes Limited
is the Arms Length Management Organisation of
Southend on Sea Borough Council

Registered in England and Wales
Registered Office:
Cheviot House,
70 Baxter Avenue,
Southend on Sea,
Essex SS2 6HZ

Registration Number:
05453601

VAT Registration No:
864 0939 01

WELFARE REFORM

Welcome to the Welfare Reform pages of our website.

Here at South Essex Homes, we want to help prepare you for the biggest change to the UK’s benefits system in over 60 years.

 

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YOUR GUIDE TO WELFARE REFORM

We produced a Welfare Reform Guide in January 2013, which was posted out to all our residents.

Click here for pdf copy of this Welfare Reform Guide

Click here for audio version of this Welfare Reform Guide

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WELFARE REFORM IMPACT TOOL

Calculate how your benefits stand to be affected by Welfare Reform using this personalised tool.  Click here to access the tool

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DISCRETIONARY HOUSING PAYMENT

FACTSHEET: Making a claim for DHP

Click here to go to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council web pages re DHP including online application form

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ESSENTIAL LIVING FUND

Click here to go to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council web pages re ELF including online application form

 

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WELFARE REFORM DROP IN SESSIONS

Click here for the details of our forthcoming drop-in sessions 

 

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MONEY ADVICE SERVICE

South Essex Homes is working with the Money Advice Service to provide you with access to useful tools and information to help you to prepare for welfare reform changes.

Calculators -  here are a selection of useful calculators you can use to work out your finances:

·  Budget Planner – to work out how much money you receive, how much of it you spend and how much is left – so you can identify ways you could save money.

·  Cutback calculator – to work out how you can save money on things that you buy regularly

·  Money Stretcher – to work out how long your money could last over a particular period

Universal Credit - will be rolled out across the UK from October 2013.  We help you to prepare for the changes this will bring:

·   Get ready for Universal Credit – video

·  Universal Credit Timeline tool - see details of how and when the changes will be implemented

·  Universal Credit – an introduction

·  Managing rent payments on Universal Credit

·  Joint universal credit for couples

Bank Accounts - everyone will need one in order to receive Universal Credit so we want to help you prepare for this:

·  Current Accounts tool – you state what is most important to you in a bank account and you can view a wide selection of available products

·  Choosing a bank account for your Universal Credit payment

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LEAFLET LIBRARY

South Essex Homes

·  Welfare Reform Guide (produced January 2013)

·  Audio version of Welfare reform Guide (produced January 2013)

·  Are you under-occupying? Important changes to welfare reform (July 2012)

·  Under-occupation (produced November 2011)

·  Cost of running a home (produced July 2013

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

·  Universal Credit

·  Welfare Reform Bill

·  Personal Independence Payment

·  Other Benefit Changes since April 2012

·  Other Benefit Changes since April 2013

·  Housing costs and Pensioners

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

·  Universal Credit (from October 2013)

·  Under-occupation (from April 2013)

Please refer to the following reference material in conjunction with F.A.Q.s:-

FACTSHEET: Renting out your spare room

FACTSHEET: The effect additional income will have on your housing benefit

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Click here for details of WHERE TO GO FOR HELP & SUPPORT