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Sutton Housing Partnership STRONGER TOGETHER ON WELFARE REFORM Cliff Haynes - Head of Income E Part Sutton Housing Parfnesshrp.

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1 Sutton Housing Partnership STRONGER TOGETHER ON WELFARE REFORM Cliff Haynes - Head of Income E Part Sutton Housing Parfnesshrp

2 Sutton Housing Partnership London Borough of Sutton ALMO tenants leaseholders Relatively small Partnerships and team working R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

3 Welfare Reforms Under Occupation Benefit Cap Universal Credit The Perfect Storm ? R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

4 What Area's Covered Welfare Reforms - the background and aims Summary of the key changes Impact on our residents How SHP prepared for the changes Workshops - What works well? Feedback R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

5 Background and Aims Simplify the benefit system End the poverty trap Change behaviour - benefit dependency Slash cost of Welfare Benefits Sounds sensible and reasonable....but the reality! >, I Part Sutton Housing Partnership

6 Housing Sector Response Our initial response Or in the famous words of John McEnroe You cannot be SERIOUS !!! R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

7 Under Occupation Impact for our tenants One bed homes - £ per week Two bed - 90 homes - £27.50 per week In total SHP tenants will loose £401,250 per year What will the impact be on the local economy ? R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

8 Options for Tenants Find employment Move to a smaller home Take in a lodger Take in a non dependant family member OR Pay the rent shortfall from other benefits R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

9 What are we doing? Communication - talking with tenants Communication - supporting tenants Communication - working with tenants R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

10 Communicating with Tenants Personal letters Telephone call's Face to face Homefront magazine/flyers Website Facebook Fact Sheets

11 Supporting Tenants Homeswap Events Financial assistance or incentives Training Credit Union R Part Sutton Housing Partnership 2 BEDROOMS LOOKING FOR 2 BEDROOMS 2 BFDROOMS LOOKING FOR 2 BEDROOMS 1 BEDROOM LOOKING FOR 1LOOKING FOR 2 BEDROOMS

12 Working with Tenants Sutton Tenants' Federation Resident Association Networking Group Community Events Dedicated staff support R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

13 Benefit Cap Between £350 or £500 Introduced during July - September 2013 For SHP tenants only 23 affected Biggest impact in Central London and private sector >,I Part>,I Part Sutton Housing Partnership

14 What are we doing? Communication - talking with tenants Communication - supporting tenants Communication - working with tenants K Part Sutton Housing Partnership

15 Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Working Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit. All repl !!! UNIVERS ■

16 UC - Simplify the System Single online application form WHO ? Universal Credit linked to tax system Claimants should always be better off ' when income increases - Sutton Housing Partnership

17 Universal Credit - Issues New IT system Access for tenants to internet Support from Landlords, councils, CAB, Job Centre Plus HB departments will disappear over time > R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

18 Universal Credit - Issues Universal Credit - paid direct to claimants Universal Credit - paid monthly in arrears Payment direct to landlord for vulnerable tenants or those in high arrears

19 Universal Credit - Problems Banking and Budgeting Affect of Benefit Cap & Under Occupation Temptation Monitoring and support >,I Part>,I Part Sutton Housing Partnership

20 The Unplanned Outcomes Rent Arrears Court Action - evictions Increased workload/staffing jf §4sac

21 What we are doing? Arrears IT and procedures Incentives Direct Debits / Standing Orders Budgeting Accounts R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

22 What we are doing Credit Union and pre paid cards Budgeting & debt advice Access to IT training and facilities Careers Fairs %R Part%R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

23 Building Lives R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

24 Credit Unions Universal Credit Benefit Payments received by Credit Union Use Pre-Paid Card to Spend in shops. Online and at ATM's \ Remaining monies issued via Visa pr epaid card N Rent Seuired and automatically 1 sent off to Housing Provider Loans payments made and some Savings set aside? R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

25 Sutton Housing Partnership Any Questions ? R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

26 For Discussion 1. How can we best work with residents about the changes and what help is available? 2. What support will tenants need to manage these changes for example banking, budgeting, moving home, finding employment? 3. How are you currently involved as a tenant? > R Part Sutton Housing Partnership

27 Workshops Feedback R Part Sutton Housing Partnership


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