Benefits & Welfare

There have been a number of changes to the UK benefit system over the last couple of years, including the introduction of Universal Credit and the Benefit Cap.

We appreciate that this can often be a confusing and worrying time for tenants and hope that the articles, guides and advice services provided below will help answer many of your questions.

This information will be update regularly as more information is released.

Latest News:

Universal Credit has now been introduced in the BN2 and BN3 areas of the city, and will come in for people in BN1 and BN41 from 17 January 2018.

Initially the changes only apply to anyone making a new claim for benefits or making an alteration to an existing claim.

For information about the support and advice available in Brighton & Hove around Universal Credit go to www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/universal-credit.

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Welfare Reform and Benefit Changes

With so many changes to the benefit system it can often be difficult to find the right information and advice.  In this section you will find a selection of information guides alongside links to a variety of organisations that can help and guide you through the whole process.

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A guide to the Benefit Cap and how it works

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Information guide to welfare reform

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A complete guide to Universal Credit

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The latest updates and how they affect Brighton residents

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Benefit calculators

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Independent advice on benefits, debt and housing

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Free and impartial financial advice

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National charity helping people in financial hardship

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

 

Advice UK have compiled a summary of national advice services covering a whole range of topics      More Info

Advice Brighton & Hove also provide a local summary of services in our area   More Info

Tips & tools to help your money go further

Do you struggle to manage your money, don’t know how to budget and regularly run out of money before pay day?  In this section we have put together a selection of money saving ideas and tips.

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Free budget planner

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Advice on cutting costs

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Low cost home contents insurance

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Need a bank account but have bad credit?

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Eating well on a budget

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Quarterly magazine full of advice

Switching your supplier can often save you money.  These are the leading comparison sites

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Community Centres

Throughout the city there are a large number of community centres providing a wide range of services.  Whether you’re looking for careers advice, free training courses, support groups, lunch clubs or simply a cup of tea and a chat.

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 The Whitehawk Inn

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The Bridge Community Centre (Moulsecoomb)

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Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project

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Hangleton & Knoll Community Centre