The UK Government is changing the welfare benefit system to try to make it simpler, reduce dependency on benefits and encourage people into work.
Some changes are already in place but there are more to come, such as how you claim benefits, what they’re called and what you’re eligible for. You might need to manage a smaller budget on a monthly basis, make claims online, find additional childcare, move to a smaller rental property or develop your skills to help you find a job.
Welfare Reform will impact a lot of people
About one in six adults of working age in Fife currently receive benefits - that's 39,000 people. Some of the detail of these changes is still being working out, so we'll update this website as information becomes available over the coming months. You can also visit the website of the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) www.dwp.gov.uk/policy who are responsible for the changes and will have the most up-to-date information.
This is happening all over the UK, but Fife Council and our partners will do all we can to support you through the challenges ahead.
Don't know where to start?
Call the council’s new Welfare Reform information line on 0345 1400 031 to speak to an advisor. Calls to this number from a landline will be charged at the same rate as numbers starting 01.
If you're in hardship and want to apply for a Crisis Grant or Community Care Grant call the Welfare Fund line 0300 400 031.