The government has been making changes to welfare benefits since 2010. These changes are often referred to as welfare reform.
2013 will see the introduction of many of the larger welfare reform schemes. Further information is available below. Some of these will take several years to be fully introduced.
Welfare reform is an ongoing process, therefore the pages in this section will be reviewed regularly. Each page will tell you when it was last updated.
Bury Council is working to support local residents by providing advice and guidance to show if the changes will affect them. To help with the impact of the changes, a Help With Rent Team has been set up operating across the Greater Manchester region to work with both landlords and tenants. Their website contains a welfare reform calculator which can be used to be work out if you will be affected by the changes.
In the downloads section of this page there is a factsheet giving a summary of the recent welfare changes.
This is one of the most important parts of the welfare reform process. Universal credit will replace a number of working age benefits with one larger and simpler scheme.
Community care grants and crisis loans were abolished from the end of March 2013. Bury Council has introduced the Bury Support Fund to help people who find themselves in exceptional financial difficulties.