Welfare Reform

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2013 saw the beginning of a period of significant change as a number of reforms begin to be implemented. These include the introduction of Universal Credit; Housing Benefit changes for social sector tenants; the introduction of a 1% cap on increases in most working age benefits; and the reassessment of working age Disability Living Allowance claimants in respect of Personal Independence Payments. Advice agencies will have to be geared to changes in demands to meet the needs of service users.

This page of the Cumbria Advice Network (CAN) website will collate information regarding welfare benefits reform and the changes to welfare benefits.


Cumbria Welfare Reform Task Group Action Plan

The Cumbria Welfare Reform Task Group have produced an Action Plan in response to some of the recommendations in the Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission's report. To develop the action plan further the Task Group have been asked to forward this to their networks in order to identify:

- Relevant activities already underway or planned- with relevant targets and timescales
- Identify opportunities for future activities to be explored by the task group

To download the action plan click here.


Report of the Cumbrian Commission on Welfare Reform

The Cumbrian Commission on Welfare Reform has now published its findings. These can be downloaded from the links below:

Executive Summary

Full Report




Entitled to has a good over view of the benefit changes and goes into more detail the more you interact with it. It also has a benefit calculator too.


The government have produced a benefit cap calculator. Here you can easily calculate if you client would be affected by the cap.


Information for those who are on Disability Living Allowance, about Personal Independence Payment.  Can be found here at the Citizens Advice information website Advice Guide.


CPAG have a range of documents and articles about welfare reform. This can be accessed by clicking here.