The UK Government has changed the benefit system to try to make it simpler, reduce dependency on benefits and encourage people into work.
Several 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.
This is happening all over the UK, but Fife Council and our partners are doing all we can to support you through the challenges ahead.
The dates for some of the upcoming changes are still to be confirmed, so we'll update this website as information becomes available . You can also visit the website of the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) www.gov.uk/dwp who are responsible for the changes and will have the most up-to-date information.
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 a crisis situation and want to apply for a Crisis Grant or Community Care Grant call the Welfare Fund line 0300 555 0265.
Citizens Advice & Rights Fife is another good starting point to find out how welfare benefit changes might affect you. It has offices across Fife, or you can call any of the following numbers for advice:
0845 1400 095 for general advice
0845 1400 094 for debt advice
07703 717861 for budgeting advice
The UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are responsible for the changes to the benefits system. You can find out more about their aims and the timescales for the roll-out of changes at: