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.
Universal Credit has now been introduced across Brighton & Hove.
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.
Universal Credit claims are managed on-line. If you need help and advice to get on-line or improve your computer skills there are plenty of places around the city offering FREE wifi and training.
For more details and to find your nearest centre, contact Digital Brighton & Hove:
Telephone: 07475 946 084
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.
A guide to the Benefit Cap and how it works
Information guide to welfare reform
A complete guide to Universal Credit
The latest updates and how they affect Brighton residents
Independent advice on benefits, debt and housing
Free and impartial financial advice
National charity helping people in financial hardship
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.
Free budget planner
Advice on cutting costs
Top 10 Low cost home contents insurance providers
Need a bank account but have bad credit?
Eating well on a budget
Quarterly magazine full of advice
Switching your supplier can often save you money. These are the leading comparison sites
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.
The Whitehawk Inn
Cornerstone Community Centre (Hove)
Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project
Hangleton & Knoll Community Centre