Welfare Reform and Bedroom Tax

Click here to read the latest Universal Credit Claimant Housing Guide.  It's interactive and very informative.  You may also find the short videos at the bottom of this page helpful.  They explain about:

Your Money
Disability Benefits
Your Claimant Commitment

The UK Government is making changes to the way various benefits are being paid.  As tenants of Grampian Housing Association you could be affected.  We are here to help you so if you are unsure about how welfare reform could affect you or you would like further information please contact us now on 01224 202900 or email info@grampianhousing.co.uk.

One of the biggest changes is about under occupation or the "bedroom tax" which came into effect in April 2013.  The UK Government has introduced a size limit for tenants of working age which means that if, under the new rules, you have at least one "spare" bedroom, then you will need to meet some of the rent yourself, even if you are currently on full housing benefit.  If you want to move to a smaller house your Housing Services Officer will be able to discuss your options with you.

Click here to download the leaflet "What you need to know about changes to Housing Benefit" (by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations [SFHA]).

We also have the following services to help tenants with a range of issues.  Click on the links below to be redirected to the relevant page of the website for more information:-

ASSIST (Housing Support Project) - to help you maintain your tenancy and stay in your home.

SMART (Money Advice Project) - to help you manage your money, make sure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to and to advise on budgeting and any debts you may have.

Between October 2013 and October 2017 working age benefits such as income based job seekers allowance, tax credits, income support, incapacity benefit and housing benefit are being replaced by a single benefit called Universal Credit.

Universal Credit will be paid once a month in arrears as a lump sum to the person who claims it. This means that payment for rent will no longer come to the Association direct from the local authority and claimants will have to make arrangements to pay the rent themselves from the Universal Credit they receive.

The application process for Universal Credit will be web based and the Association has online facilities at its Aberdeen and Elgin offices for our customers to use.

Further updates will be provided on our website and in future issues of Keynote (customer newsletter).


Your Money Aberdeen from Sandra MacIntyre on Vimeo.

Disability Benefits Aberdeen from Sandra MacIntyre on Vimeo.

Your Claimant Commitment Aberdeen from Sandra MacIntyre on Vimeo.

Sanctions Aberdeen from Sandra MacIntyre on Vimeo.

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