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1 Salford Citizens Advice The ‘Welfare Reform’ Debate & impact on the third or community sector.

2 Main Headlines: Bedroom Tax DLA and PIP Localised Hardship Council Tax Further limits to HB Universal Credit Sanctions Campaign

3 Bedroom Tax 14 or 25% reduction in help with rent. Significant lack of alternative accommodation. Six years to ‘correct’ in Salford.

4 The Benefit Cap – left to local council to deal with prior to Universal Credit through housing costs support. In Salford significant impact on Ultra Orthodox Jewish community.

5 Salford Citizens Advice Return to universal inclusion element of Poll Tax – everybody pays. Pressures of localisation.

6 Salford Citizens Advice The localisation of Hardship Funding.

7 Less publicised worries: Digital by default Localism Aggressive sanctions regime

8 Salford Citizens Advice Impact on Voluntary and community Sector.

9 Salford Citizens Advice Financial strain on local authorities leading to reduction in discretionary spending. “The graph of doom” thinking.

10 Salford Citizens Advice Very real difficulties around council tax income.

11 Salford Citizens Advice Pressure on use of existing resources – especially advice and IT access.

12 Salford Citizens Advice Pressure on poverty and crisis response – for example food banks, soup kitchens etc.

13 Some of our responses: The need to build stronger sectoral and cross sectoral alliances – for example Salford Advice & Information Network.

14 Salford Citizens Advice A return to a more community focused organisation.

15 Salford Citizens Advice Ways of using technology to give better access to nationally provided and funded resources.

16 Salford Citizens Advice Creating new services and approaches – for example Salford Food Share Network.

17 Salford Citizens Advice The opportunities created as the state (in the form of local government) shrinks – and the challenges.

18 Salford Citizens Advice The relationship between local services and the National.

19 Salford Citizens Advice A brave new world of procurement and competition – favoring larger orgnaisations with less local connection?

20 Salford Citizens Advice Tom Togher Chief Officer


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